Jon LipmanMaharishi International University,, USA
Title: Health benefits of elements of maharishi vastu
The evolution of medicine from 18th century reductionism to 21st century postgenomic holism has been described in term of systems medicine. In this context, the impact of the built environment on human health has been the focus of investigation and development, which has led to the new specialty of evidence-based, therapeutic architecture. The traditional system of V?stu architecture—a design paradigm for buildings and cities which is proposed to promote the mental and physical health of their occupants—has been applied and studied in the West in the last 20 years, and features elements absent from the other approaches. Based on our literature review we critically evaluate the theory and research on a well-developed, standardized form of V?stu—Maharishi Vastu® architecture (MVA). MVA’s principles include recommendations for building orientation, siting, and dimensions; the placement of key functions; and occupants’ head direction when sleeping or performing tasks. The published medical and health-related literature was systematically surveyed for research on factors related to isolated principles of MVA as well as upon the complete system. using architectural design for preventive medicine and public health. Empirical results from published research suggest that incorporating MVA principles into buildings correlates with significant improvements to occupants’ physical and mental health and quality of life, including better sleep, greater happiness of children, and the experience of heightened sense of security and reduced stress. The frequency of burglaries, a social determinant of health, is also correlated. These results suggest that MVA offers an actionable approach for managing a key social determinant of health by using architectural design for preventive medicine and public health.
Jon Lipman, AIA is a practicing and research architect. He is lead- or co-author of four studies on the effects of elements of Vastu upon physical and mental health, productivity, and efficiency, including a new literature review published in Global Advances in Health and Medicine. He is author or contributing author to four books, including a forthcoming medical text book. For the past 20 years he has been the director of the Institute for Vedic Architecture at Maharishi International University. He has designed hundreds of buildings that apply the system over the past 25 years. Lipman has guest lectured at Harvard, Yale, Cornell, & Stanford Universities. He is a member of the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture, and was educated at Cornell University.