History of Master Planning at MUM
In the almost four decades since MUM has been on this campus there have been many versions of master planning. With the introduction of the principles of Maharishi Sthapatya Veda architecture in the mid 1990’s, it became clear that the University needed to embody the principals of this ancient science of building in accord with natural law. With the completion of our first Vastu building, the Dreier Building, in 2000, our founder, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, gave us the path to rebuilding the campus: demolition of non-vastu buildings, particularly those not properly orientated to the cardinal directions. Since that time over 40 buildings have been demolished on campus and over 70 vastu buildings have been constructed, both private and University-owned.
Now we are entering a new phase of master planning where we are thinking of how to best use the space on campus to accommodate our growing enrollment. We not only want to build new Vastu buildings, but structure a campus that embodies in its overall design, its roads, bicycle paths, sidewalks, gardens, open spaces, and community spaces, the principles of Maharishi Sthapatya Veda as well as the most current principles and practices of sustainability. To this end we engaged a professional landscape architecture and planning firm, Confluence, to help us at this critical time to create a new master plan.