Architect's Guide to Feng Shui: Exploding the Myth

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Architectural Press, 2003 - Architecture - 206 pages
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Cate Bramble has devoted her career to highlighting the differences between 'feng shui-lite' as a fashionable pursuit in contrast to the original intentions of the Chinese masters. Here she presents the authentic principles in a technical, no-nonsense pocket book specifically for architects.

As clients become more demanding and the competition for projects heats up, the architect is well advised to have many strings to their bow. This practical guide includes line illustrations that present the principles of feng shui, the Chinese art or practice in which a structure or site is chosen or configured so as to harmonize with the spiritual forces that inhabit it, and their application in architecture through planning principles, services, building elements and materials, in an accessible, easy reference format. The feng shui-savvy architect can also benefit from feng shui's ability to match structures and land, and the peculiar capacity of authentic feng shui to forecast development-related concerns including cost overruns, quality issues - even worker injuries and trade disputes!

The author explains feng shui from archaeological sources and evidence of practice in the east, contrasting it with what passes for feng shui in the west. She analyses the practice in terms of such concepts as western systems theory, viewshed, space syntax and the 'pattern landscape' theory of urban planning. For the first time, the Sustainable implications of feng shui design are explained with reference to the latest developments in behavioural and cognitve sciences, evolutionary biology and other western viewpoints.

* The first 'how to' guide on feng shui specifically written for architects
* Contains numerous technical illustrations to define and analyse the genuine design elements of feng shui, for quick and easy reference
* Supplies knowledge of the scientific, ethical and ecological principles of the original Chinese system, to impress your clients

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User Review  - colinsky - LibraryThing

I learned one or two things from this book about feng shui and the differences between authentic feng shui (which seems to be a traditional approach based on tried and true practices described in a ... Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Urban Design specialist and established author with a good track record known in the Feng Shui world and within the specific field of architecture and design. She is a member of the New Zealand Feng shui Guild and generates a fact-based website known as Feng Shui Ultimate Resource.

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