Sustainable design and Feng Shui: a case study of an office building in Sydney

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CIB 2010 World Congress Proceedings, 2010, pp. 83 - 98
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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 first analyzes and compares the concepts of sustainable design with Feng Shui. A case study of a well recognized sustainable designed office building in Sydney is used to illustrate the similarities and differences between concepts of sustainable design and Feng Shui in terms of environmental design.
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