Vastu Purusha Mandala : A human ecological framework for designing living environments

Venugopal, Jayadevi (2012) Vastu Purusha Mandala : A human ecological framework for designing living environments. In Prabhakara, R, Bhashyam, Aravind, Chandra, B S Jagadeesha, & Jetty, Chandran Rekha (Eds.) Advances in Architecture and Civil engineering, Bonfring, Bangalore, India, pp. 870-877.


This paper aims to present ‘vastu purusha mandala’(VPM), a symbolic diagram used in the indigenous system of Indian architecture as a human ecologic frame work for designing living environments. The article begins with an attempt to provide a working definition for the ‘living environment’ based on the theories developed by Rapoport (2005) and Lawrence (2001). It then discusses the symbolism and the human ecologic significance of VPM. This is substantiated through the works of Kramrisch (1976), Moore (1989), Shukla (1996) and Chakrabarthi (1998). Some recent papers on Vastu Shastra are also examined. Furthermore, VPM is compared with the livability guidelines developed for high-rise living by the Centre for Subtropical Design, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. A meaningful interpretation of vastushastra which is free from mysticism and symbolism is proffered through this paper.

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ID Code: 52887
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
Keywords: Vastu Shastra, Human ecology, Vastu purusha mandala
ISBN: 9789382338017
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 The author.
Deposited On: 02 Aug 2012 04:34
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2012 08:35

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