Feng Shui and Sound Architectural Design
September 2, 2008
I just came across this web article on one of the jobs we did with Phil Moore in Sydney’s Chinatown and the writer, Andrew Nimmo, asked this interesting question, “While this cultural sensitivity should be applauded, one wonders what would have happened had the recommendations of the Feng Shui consultant clashed with the objectives of sound architectural design. How does an architect, especially one with a European background, judge the merits of Feng Shui?”
The answer is very simple and straightforward: sound architectural design and good Feng Shui amount to the same thing, so there would not be any clash in the first place. The cultural sensitivity of the Chinese is based on human needs and since these needs are universal, there is a universal base for the practice of Feng Shui, not unlike good design.
Therefore, the best way to judge Feng Shui is whether it is useful or not, in creating a better environment for human beings on earth, physically, emotionally and spiritually. If a Feng Shui consultant can help an architect to achieve this, then he has done his job well.