The core principles underpinning the project include:
- Ecologically Responsible Design Thinking: Principles of ecological sustainability inform the design, construction and ongoing operations of VEDIKE
- A Self Sustaining Precinct: Initiatives such as small-scale agricultural activities and solar power aim to decrease reliance on external sources and meet requirements through renewable means
- A Community Based Project: A collaborative approach to design and ongoing operations will ensure active involvement with the local community
- An International Cooperative: Through volunteer, study abroad, service learning and social responsibility programs, VEDIKE aims to provide a setting for international cooperation for positive change in global issues such as social exclusion and environmental degradation.