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Feng Shui and Energy

  Everyone has heard of Feng Shui.  Not everyone knows exactly what it is, but virtually everyone has heard the term – this was not true ten years ago.  The words feng and shui translated are wind and water – two examples of natural visible moving energy.  When reduced to its essence, Feng Shui is […]

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Feng Shui – Form and Compass

  There are essentially two schools of Feng Shui which are practiced today in the West, and although practitioners will typically follow only one or the other, both schools have merit and can result in great benefit for clients.   When reduced to its essence, Feng Shui is the management of energy, or ch’i.  The […]

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The Feng Shui of Seaside

Published: New Urbanism In Practice – The Newsletter of the New Urbanism Division of the American Planning Association:   Volume 5 – Issue 2 – Summer 2007   Life was breathed into the New Urbanism movement when Seaside was built. Seaside embodies a return to the right concepts of community development for the right reasons, […]

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Thesis – Chapter 1 Introduction: 1.1 Planning Today

“The fact is that the difference between a . . . good town and a bad town is an objective matter. It is the difference between health and sickness, wholeness and dividedness, self-maintenance and self-destruction. In a world which is healthy, whole, alive, and self-maintaining, people themselves can be alive and self creating. In a […]

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Thesis – Chapter 1 Introduction: 1.2 The Essence of Feng Shui

1.2 The Essence of Feng Shui Examine the two home entrances shown below. Which one makes you feel welcome? Which one repels you?     Figure 1.1 Rosemary Beach, Florida               Figure 1.2 Seacrest, Florida In the Rosemary Beach house, it can be conjectured that the residents are connected to the neighborhood and consider visitors as enhancements, […]

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Thesis – Chapter 2 Planning Today

“The great cities of Europe, long abuilding, were at once centers of political, commercial, ecclesiastical, and military power, and they showed it not just in their finely grained urban fabrics—their plazas, forecourts, esplanades, and galleries— but in the overarching civic consciousness with which buildings were tied together as an organic whole, reflecting the idea of […]

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Thesis – Chapter 2 Planning Today: 2.1 Sprawl

It should be noted that the residential sector is the largest user of urban space. It constitutes from 30 to 50 percent of the developed land in an urban area (Kaiser, Godschalk, Chapin, 1995). Jaquelin Robertson, in The Seaside Debates notes, “Since 1945, we have built a second America, as much as was built between […]

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Thesis – Chapter 2 Planning Today: 2.2 Street Design

“Suburbia may be paved with good intentions, but mainly it is paved” (Kelbaugh, 2002, p. 51).   “The traditional rectilinear “gridiron” street plan, despised by avant-garde planners of the 1930’s, and used almost exclusively by real estate developers up to that time, has … many things to say for itself. It provides a strong visual […]

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Thesis – Chapter 2 Planning Today: 2.3 Community

Community is the amenity most cherished by those looking for a place to live. According to Fannie Mae, Americans prefer a good community to a good house by a margin of three to one (Duany, Plater-Zyberk, Speck, 2000).  And yet, we continue to build subdivisions that thwart community at every turn. Life once spent enjoying […]

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Thesis – Chapter 2 Planning Today: 2.4 New Urbanism

As with every trend, another trend always comes along that is a reaction to what does not seem to be working in the current mode. New Urbanism is a return to the traditional neighborhood development values that had naturally evolved and enabled Community, before zoning effectively disconnected us from our work, from cultural and class […]