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Incorporating Feng Shui into Architectural Design
Feng Shui is the Chinese art of constructing environments to create balance and harmony. According to AIArchitect magazine, this philosophy, popularized as a home décor technique, now has expanded to commercial design in settings ranging from corporate offices and banks to hotels and retail environments.
Associate Editor Russell Boniface writes that, in Feng Shui, “everything boils down to the five elements that the Chinese believe compose the universe: metal, water, wood, fire and earth.” Characterized by irregular design methods, Feng Shui’s goal is to keep positive energy – called ch’i – flowing like a stream. Anything that blocks energy such as sharp angles or straight walkways is discouraged.
Boniface continues, “According to the belief, everyone should focus on at least one element to dictate the energy flow of their surroundings.” A Feng Shui design requires architects to determine which element is most important to their client.
Among the more well-known examples of architectural Feng Shui are Disneyland Hong Kong and the Sydney Opera House in Australia, according to Boniface who adds that, ”perhaps the most prominent developer associated with Feng Shui is Donald Trump, reputed to have a team of Feng Shui practitioners.”
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