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Feng Shui in Modern American Design [Dec. 5th, 2006|09:14 am]
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There's a new condo development going up near my home (as they seem to be mushrooming up everywhere). What's interesting about this one is that they utilized a Feng Shui consultant to assist with the design of the building and its units.

Here's there website where they talk about their process: http://www.leparisienflats.com/inn_feng.html

So what do you think - Are people more likely to buy homes that use Feng Shui principles? Does it make a noticeable impact on the living environment? Do you know of similar building innovations in your areas?

And does anyone care to give us an overview of what Feng Shui is (I'm at work and can't steal much more time than this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feng_shui).
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[User Picture]From: conomo
2006-12-06 02:43 am (UTC)
I remember seeing the reference as those buildings going up and chuckling every time I walked by. From my limited understanding of Feng Shui, while there are some generalizable facets, it is a very largely individual process when thinking about design. I tried working with my aunt, who has far more understanding than I yet still claims to know very little, and the complexities of feng shui in a modern setting were daunting.

That said, though, there are ways to make it easier for chi to flow through a building. The way I learned to understand that was to imagine making the door of your home the opening into a "pitcher" and pouring water into it. How would the water flow through your home? Are there areas of the home that wouldn't get any water and others where it would "drown" the house? Good feng shui design would maximize the balance of the flow of chi. That said, I'd look more at the layout of each flat moreso than I would the building itself.

Disclaimer: I could be talking from a different school of feng shui than the developers, so this may all be bunk ;-)
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[User Picture]From: ananda_ren
2006-12-07 06:23 pm (UTC)
That water pitcher idea makes me think of my front storage area, where chi/water wouldn't flow, and which coincidentally is an impenetrable mess of boxes and shelves and storage crates. Perhaps I need to put in a mirror or water fountain.

I think the website for that condo development mentioned a bit about the doors & window placement allowing more energy flow through the unit.
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