Scientific Feng Shui for the Built Environment—Theories and Applications (Enhanced New Edition)
Modern architecture has become increasingly concerned about the integration and harmony between the natural and built environments. Terms like environmental protection and management, energy conservation, renewable energy, sustainability and ecology have been pouring into our ears on a daily basis. In fact, all these concepts are not new from an ancient Chinese point of view; Feng Shui or more academically, Kan Yu, is exactly the traditional Chinese wisdom aimed at creating harmony between the environment, buildings and people.
Feng Shui is the philosophy which has influenced traditional building design in China for thousands of years. Based on Scientific Feng Shui for the Built Environment: Fundamentals and Case Studies published in 2011, this enhanced new edition has further taken into account the enhancements and new inputs in theories and applications. Emphasis is placed on two themes, sustainability and science. New case studies regarding sustainable design as viewed from a Feng Shui perspective, and integrated applications of different architectural models and their associations with Feng Shui concepts are added and elaborated. On science, other than exploring the new development of particle physics in relation to Feng Shui studies, a totally new approach to numerology and Luo Shu study based on modern linear algebra may bring readers new insight into the possibility of researching Feng Shui mathematically, in addition to the use of spherical trigonometry.
This book offers a remarkable in-depth view of Feng Shui by integrating the historical theories with scientific explorations and examples of applications. It once again demonstrates that Feng Shui can be studied scientifically, and eventually scientific Feng Shui may become a new field of science in the academic world as well as a professional and orthodox discipline of architectural design for the built environment.
In the western world, the popular conception of Chinese Feng Shui is the practice of doing the right thing at the right place, at the right time and with the right style. The original ancient Chinese term for this study was Kan Yu; the term Feng Shui is (in Chinese historical terms) a relatively recent nomenclature. ôKanö refers to the observations of sky and climate and ôYuö refers to investigations of the landscape and geography. The expression "Feng Shui" was first used in the classic text The Book of Burial published in the Jin Dynasty, some 1,700 years ago. In direct translation, "Feng" simply means wind while "Shui" means water. Our books could certainly tell you the scope of Feng Shui is much broader, in terms of dimensions of consideration, detailed contents and the methodology.
Traditionally, Feng Shui comprises of two schools, namely the Form School and the Compass School. However, the principles and practices of such important schools of thought are complicated, leading to considerable misunderstanding and confusion. To bring Feng Shui out of the shadow of superstition, it is essential to use a scientific approach to the study of this controversial subject. Basically, the notion of "Scientific Feng Shui" has two implications: the verification of Feng Shui principles scientifically, or the study of Feng Shui logically in a scientific way and by using scientific methods.
Since 2005, a series of international conferences on Scientific Feng Shui and the Built Environment had been organized at the City University of Hong Kong and it was moved to Humboldt-University, Berlin, Germany from 2010 onward. The history of development of this series is detailed in this book and you may be surprised that the origin of this series could date back to September of the year 1997 when a Feng Shui workshop was held in Brisbane organized by both of us.
The aim of the conference series is to provide an international platform for exchanging research findings between scholars in scientific Feng Shui for the benefits of the built environment. In order to reach the worldwide research communities, thirteen high-quality articles selected from the first three years' conference proceedings were compiled into Research in Scientific Feng Shui and the Built Environment, edited by both of us with additional annotations, and published by City University of Hong Kong Press in 2009. Immediately right after publication, we received concerns from readers that such book is a collection of research articles, and demanding a publication that explains Scientific Feng Shui from basic concepts. Such encouraging feedback led to the writing of Scientific Feng Shui for the Built Environment: Fundamentals and Case Studies, also published by City University of Hong Kong Press in 2011 to explain fundamental terms, concepts and theories of different schools of Feng Shui, and to explore the nature of a scientific approach to Feng Shui study, illustrated by numerous case studies.
PART A Scientific Feng Shui
2. Science and Feng Shui
3. Scientific Methods and Feng Shui Study
4. Studying Feng Shui
5. The Development of Feng Shui
PART B Form School Approach
6. Culture and Architecture
7. Theories of the Form School
8. Form School Practice in the Built Environment
9. Conceptual Framework for the Form School Approach
10. Case Studies: Feng Shui Villages in Hong Kong
11. Case Studies: Sustainable Design and Feng Shui
12. Case Studies: Feng Shui Integrated Applications for Built Environment Analysis
PART C Compass School Approach
13. Numerology and the Compass School
14. The Luo Shu and the Modern Linear Algebra
15. Modern Physics and the Compass School
16. Theories of the Compass School
17. The Method of Eight Mansions
18. The Method of Flying Stars
19. Case Studies: Applications of the Compass School
20. Case Studies: Applications of Shared Guas
Research Activities and Publications in Scientific Feng Shui for the Built Environment