Research and Publications

Research papers and books that have been published by the Institute of Vedic Architecture and City Planning, its directors or advisors include:


Vastu Homes and Cities is the standard book on Vedic Architecture and Planning.

All principles are very clearly laid out as well as the theoretical understanding behind it. It is based on Maharishi Vastu, the ancient system restored to its full effectiveness by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and implemented by the Insitute of Vedic Architecture and City Planning. It includes fundamentals of development, city planning, and individual building design. It is rich in examples and inspiring images. Available as print and kindle version.



Enlightened Real Estate by developer Barry Scherr will open our eyes to the astonishing potential of the man-made world. The reconstruction of buildings, towns, and cities will be the basis for the next great economic expansion. From abstract idea to practical application, Enlightened Real Estate explores the mindset behind the built environment of today and offers a new enlightened vision for the future.




Measuring the World for Global Reconstruction explains how Maharishi Vedic Architecture uses the global grid of latitude and longitude, known to the ancient Vedic civilization of India, to create a master grid for the whole world—the basis of planning according to the principle of cardinal direction. In order to understand the significance of the global grid, the reader is taken on a voyage of rediscovery that follows the evolution of the concepts and techniques of global survey by civilizations throughout the ages.



Principles of Vastu Planning: In the Light of Group Theory describes the Vedic measurement system, using the concepts of modern group theory. Deep principles at the basis of the measurement system are illustrated in a new light and explain the original significance of this Vedic measurement system. You will see that all aspects of the measurement theory of Maharishi Vedic Architecture form a harmonious, logical, and mathematically precise whole. When this system is utilized in its completeness, the structures built in accordance with it reflect this harmonious wholeness. Measurements based on Vedic dimensions are vital to Vedic Architecture because they bind its various parts together in harmony.


How to Build a Peace Palace is a practical manual for building a Maharishi Peace Palace, a teaching center for Transcendental Meditation and related consciousness-based programs and courses.
The expanded second edition contains a general chapter with a collection of designs and guidelines for Maharishi Peace Palaces; the original, detailed account of the Maharishi Peace Palace project in Erfurt, Germany, from financing to completion; a project report of the 30 room academy-style, community center Maharishi Peace Palace in Rendlesham, Suffolk, Great Britain; an interview about the first Maharishi Peace Palace in Malaysia; many useful Peace Palace and Vastu materials.



The Syncretic Role of Maharishi Vedic Science and Vedic Architecture in
Ecological Urbanism by Dr. Neil Hamill
According to the United Nations Human Development Report (UNPD, 2005b), by 2030, 1.7 billion new people will move into settlements not yet in existence. It is of critical importance for the sustainable future of our planet, to build these new urban environments so that they function sympathetically with natural law. Download full paper as pdf.



Maharishi Vedic Architecture – Background and Summary of Scientific Research on principles of Maharishi Vastu Architecture and Planning or related relevant research findings by Jonathan Lipman, AIA and Alarik Arenander, Ph.D. Dowload as pdf.