Maharishi Vedic architecture and quality of life: an international mixed methods study of lived experience

Fergusson, Lee and Nidich, Sanford and Bonshek, Anna and Nidich, Randy (2020) Maharishi Vedic architecture and quality of life: an international mixed methods study of lived experience. International Journal of Architecture and Urban Development, 10 (4). pp. 5-18. ISSN 2228-7396

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Abstract

The histories of architectural design and town planning are replete with references to creating a better quality of human life. One of the approaches to enhancing human existence is Vāstu Vidya, the knowledge of design and building from the ancient Vedic tradition. More recently, Vāstu Vidyā has been repurposed to include not only architectural practice and construction but also considered in light of the consciousness of the designer and builder and the need for a more ‘enlightened’ approach to design. Such a consideration is called Maharishi Vedic Architecture (MVA). Some of the features of MVA include a concern for orientation of the building to cardinal east, the position and proportion of rooms within the dwelling, and considerations of slope and relation to the early morning sun. Such features are said to enhance the creativity, health, and happiness of occupants.
The purpose of the present study is to explore the experiences of individuals who reside in homes designed according to the principles of MVA. Triangulated quantitative and qualitative results from an international mixed-methods survey of 158 individuals in 14 countries indicate this approach to architectural design contributes to individual and family quality of life, specifically as it has been operationalized to mean changes in well-being, health, personal development, and success. On a quality-of-life scale, the study found a statistically significant difference between those living in MVA for more than three years compared to those living in MVA for less than three years (F = 1.89, p = .02).


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2020 by author(s); licensee IJAUD Science. This work for open access publication is under the Creative Commons Attribution International License (CC BY 4.0). (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2020 03:23
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2020 00:07
Uncontrolled Keywords: Maharishi Vedic Architecture, quality of life, Vastu, lived experience, mixed methods research
Fields of Research (2008): 12 Built Environment and Design > 1201 Architecture > 120101 Architectural Design
Fields of Research (2020): 33 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 3301 Architecture > 330110 Sustainable architecture
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920405 Environmental Health
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280104 Expanding knowledge in built environment and design
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/40129

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