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- Sustainable design and feng shui: a case study of an office building in Sydney
Mak, M. Y.;
Ge, J. X.
- The University of Newcastle. Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment, School of Architecture and Built Environment
- Interactions between humans and environments are a part of an everyday process. In the western contemporary architecture, these interactions with the natural and man-made environment called Sustainable or Green Design. In the East, the ancient Chinese knowledge of Feng Shui aims at creating a harmony between environment, buildings and people. It has influenced most traditional building design in China for thousands of years. With a desire to improve the relationship between human and the environment, there is an increasing interest for architects and other building professionals to apply the concepts of Feng Shui into building design and the built environment. It is suggested that interpreting Feng Shui knowledge would embrace the western concept of sustainable design. This paper analyzes and compares the concepts of sustainable design with Feng Shui. A case study of a well recognized sustainable designed office building, Workplace6 in Sydney is used to illustrate the similarities and differences between concepts of sustainable design and Feng Shui in terms of environmental design. The findings indicated that both sustainable design and Feng Shui concepts are aimed at the creation of the enjoyable space and balance between natural and the built environment. However, sustainable design focused on the measurement and performance of physical attributes, whereas Feng Shui concepts emphasized on the balance and harmony of physical forms and spatial arrangement which are difficult to be measured and quantified.
- 18th CIB World Building Congress: Law and Dispute Resolution (CIB W113 2010). CIB World Building Congress 2010: Law and Dispute Resolution: Postgraduate Papers from the Special Track (Salford, UK 10-13 May, 2010) p. 83-96
- International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB)
- Resource Type
- conference paper