Compatibility of Eco-Friendly, Sustainable Living with Urbanization: A Case-study of The Art of Living International Center near Bengaluru

  •  Divya Kanchibhotla    
  •  Nupur Rao    
  •  Prateek Harsora    


In the past few decades, urban growth in most parts of the world has disregarded sustainable practices, contributing to a myriad of global problems. With 68% of the global population projected to reside in urban areas by 2050, it is essential that we espouse and implement effective sustainable solutions immediately. This study focuses upon the smart sustainable practices adopted at the international headquarters of The Art of Living near Bengaluru, the ‘Silicon Valley of India’. Situated in a rapidly urbanizing area barely 20 kms from the busy metropolis, and characterized by a large floating population that varies from 3,000-6000 visitors per week, apart from almost 2000 residents, this bustling community has lush green cover, extremely rich biodiversity and excellent air quality. Some of the sustainable practices adopted here include permaculture, efficient waste management, moving towards the use of clean energy, etc. This paper posits that this unique community exemplifies the possibility of creating an ‘oasis of sustainability’ in the arid desert of urbanization.

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