During the past ten Years, a new trend in architecture and design has gained popularity and has become a substantial force in the marketplace. It is not a fancy layout style, a slick new substance, or a revolutionary structure system. It is the ancient science of Feng Shui, and its increasing popularity necessitates an experience that marries the traditional knowledge with modern sensibilities.
Although initially Looked down upon by architects, architects and designers, Feng Shui has made its way from Asia to America to Europe and back in the very effective yet underestimated manner: Word of mouth.
Together with the growing Interest and protection from the media, the amount of self appointed experts exploded. But, oftentimes, their training was doubtful and misguided, resulting in a proliferation of suspicious applications. Now, feng shui consultation is connected with anything from haircuts to automobile design to crystals and mirrors. It is no wonder a few design professionals are skeptical, rolling their eyes when customers request to work with the dreaded Feng Shui master.
In almost ten years of Clinic as a Feng Shui consultant for architectural projects, I have worked with a few architects who feared or avoided Feng Shui. Their mistrust could have stemmed from a prior negative experience or some horror story from a colleague. Having received training in design myself, I know that the architect is perspective when designing a project, and I tailor my interventions for their professional skills as much regarding the customer’s requests.
When I first started my practice, there were no models to follow. So, I forged my own route and have since honed it down to a science.
First of all there are A couple of myths worth noting when we tackle Feng Shui. Let us start with its terminology. When most people Cite Feng Shui, they are usually referring to a westernized version that is a conflagration of simplified design psychology, superstitions, and spiritual symbolism, much of which was adopted within the last twenty years.
When using the term Traditional Feng Shui, I’m referring to an early form of geomancy, a subject that was revered in many ancient civilizations – Celtic, Egyptian, and of course Chinese – but was forgotten as these ancient civilizations evolved or disappeared. The Chinese geomancy was maintained through elite scholarship. Just well educated scholars were permitted to examine and practice it, and only those of high social class could use it.