the designer is offered the site drawing by the client and then
takes the building design forward. Traditionally, the designer was
also involved in the choice of the site. The designer considers
the following aspects as important while choosing a site: Shape
of the plot: Odd-shaped plots are not considered auspicious for
building in the vaastu tradition. Rectangular plots are most auspicious.
The actual building plot needs to be defined either by means of
a fence, a wall, or with pillars demarcating the boundary. The plot
meant for construction should ideally be a geometric form such as
a square or a rectangle. The remaining portion of the site may be
used as a garden or a playground. Composition of earth: The characteristics
and composition of soil are very important for two reasons: one
is the load-bearing capacity of the soil, which defines the type
of foundation to be employed, the other is the ability of the land
vegetation. The designer would traditionally observe the site to
ascertain whether the soil is fertile, holds water and sustains
life forms such as plants, birds and animals. Any soil that is incapable
of regeneration would be set aside as bad for human habitation.
From an ecological point of view this analysis is extremely wise
and can be added to the responsibilities of the designer.
gradation: All sites have some gradation already existing in the
land (refilled plots are different). The designer has to examine
this and build as sensitively as possible using the natural gradation.
Waterpoints, staircases, sewage disposal should take into account
this gradation of land, in the design. Some slopes considered auspicious
are south west to north east, north to south, and west to east.
Whatever the direction of the slope, it must be utilised effectively.
One interpretation for the importance of slopes in vaastu is that
each direction of the slope is meant for each community. This could
well be a practical consideration where water source and sewage
is concerned so that the entire neighborhood, village or city could
have its waterways well worked out. The impact of negative values
to directions seems to have been a later addition, perhaps to prevent
mixing of communities.
source: The location of water in a site is one of the most important
aspects of design. There are several ways in which water sources
can be tapped. Ancient texts say water on the north or east is beneficial
but when a water source is not possible or available in these two
sides, any suitable location can be accepted. This is true for both
individual buildings and for group housing. It is only logical that
the natural slope of land, the water source and the collection of
rainwater would be symbiotically linked. Water is also divined through
various methods, hence the location of good water in the proposed
site or settlement is a cause for great jubilation. Its direction