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"Nature, man, structure and the site must be closely knit, they are interwoven. Architecture should ensure that relationships are properly balanced to pave the way for man to live in harmony with his environment and the cosmos."
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Architecture is the art and science of building shelters – shelters for our bodies as well as for those values we hold precious, as embodied in our temples, tombs and monuments. The first principle of architecture is that man’s dwelling, the human body and universe are analogous shrines for their indwelling sprits. No fundamental distinction can be made between the House of God (Devalaya) and dwellings of men whether huts or palaces. The whole earth is divine, that is, potentially an alter, but a place is necessarily selected and prepared for an actual sacrifice (yagna) by ritual acts and is determined by sacred geometry. The natural world operates according to universal scientific laws that also apply to us.

Ecological and universal laws rest on scientific laws of biology and physics. All species either play by the rules, as we might in a football pitch, or we find ourselves out of the game. Thinking about the impact on our climatic systems, one could say our species has given the evolutionary equivalent of yellow card.

The provision of the most essentials elements of human life – air, water, nutrition – depends totally on the proper functioning of the planetary ecological systems. These are the carbon, nitrogen and sulphur cycles, and the climate systems and so on, which are not separate, but work together. All life depends on these complex interrelated systems which are incredibly resilient thanks to nature’s great networking. Testing these systems to destruction (which we seem to be doing) is not an intelligent evolutionary move for a highly dependent mammal.

Energy and matter (raw material) can neither be created nor destroyed: they can only appear in different states. Whether energy and matter comes in a form highly structured by nature or whether broken down to individual elements they do not disappear. In other words energy and matter may have different forms, but they always stay around. These are the so-called conservation laws. Following on the Conservation laws is what is known as the Second Law of Thermodynamics: the overall tendency of everything to return to its elemental state.

There is any number of catalogues of reasons as to why taking sustainable development seriously is important. If we wish to give a health-giving process we must start with the recognition that a human being must be meaningful, whole and nourished. Every building situation is unique. The building’s relationship to its surrounding is unique; its users, even if we do not know them personally, are individuals. Healing is a process that can only take place from within ourselves, but this process can be triggered and supported by actions and processes outside us. We can, therefore talk of healing environments and healing qualities of environment. Of all the healing forces of the nature-given world around us, the most important factor is the place in which we live in.

Architecture facilitates and supports all human endeavors of life and living. It represents extension of all evolutionary processes extended through the human mind, energies and body. Human architecture is also concerned with ordering spaces, time and forms so as to establish harmony with the world ‘within’ and ‘around’. The innermost causative force ‘purusha’, the external universal force is ‘vastu’, the world of energies, ’mandala’ (networking) – hence the Vaasthu Purusha Mandala – an instrument of networking and harmonizing human systems with eco-cosmo systems.

All habitats modify human environment from what has been ‘natural’ over the millennia to that, which is a recent biological experience. It isn’t only the characteristics of buildings as inert solids that affect their occupants – how they are designed, what they are built of, how they are built, maintained, furnished, cleaned and ventilated – all are significant and involve owners, builders and users as well as manufacturers and architects. The health effects of material and design are complicated and have a profound impact on human health and thereby their happiness. A poisonous environment is no more certain to cause disease than pathogenic bacteria.