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Thesis – Chapter 2 Planning Today: 2.5 Physical Design and Behavior

Good design may not generate good behavior, but bad design can encourage bad behavior. Viable albeit poor neighborhoods were demolished and their inhabitants conscripted into these experiments (Pruitt Igoe & Cabrini Green), which went bad almost immediately. Any number of additional factors can also be held responsible for the crime and violence of these projects—including […]

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Thesis – Chapter 3 Planning Literature

“. . . there are certain rough patterns, more rooted in human events . . . which must be there together in order for us to experience the neighborhood as whole . . .  A boundary, certainly, more or less clearly marked; and gateways, not emphatic, but gently present where the paths that pass in […]

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Thesis – Chapter 3 Planning Literature: 3.1 Feng Shui

3.1 Feng Shui There are two primary schools of Feng Shui, the Compass school, which evaluates the movement of ch’i within a space in terms of compass direction, and the Form school, which evaluates the movement of ch’i in terms of land form or physical form, as in the symbolism of a mountain range that […]

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Thesis – Chapter 3 Planning Literature: 3.2 Balance & Harmony

3.2 Balance and Harmony Balance is perhaps the most fundamental positive calming concept in our lives, thus its importance in Feng Shui naturally follows.  Harmony is realized when balance is achieved and the points of conflict that create tension are resolved, all relative to a person’s perception of the space.  Unbalanced surroundings create a feeling […]

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Thesis – Chapter 3 Planning Literature: 3.3 Ch’i

3.3 Ch’i Thousands of years ago in China, people believed that an invisible energy force called ch’i was responsible for the way certain locations thrived more than others and thus were more sought after and inhabitable.  They believed that ch’i was the powerful life force that existed within all things and that ch’i was the […]

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Thesis – Chapter 3 Planning Literature: 3.4 The Bagua

3.4 The Bagua Feng Shui is very specific in its delineation of how ch’i energy is represented within a space.  The Bagua (pronounced bah-gwah) is the map that illustrates the location of the universal energies that affect every aspect of our lives.  The Bagua can be applied to a room, a house, a building, or […]

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Thesis – Chapter 3 Planning Literature: 3.5 Everything is Alive

3.5 Everything Is Alive In Feng Shui we are taught that everything is alive, everything is connected, and everything changes.  To support everything is alive, Alexander provides one of the clearest explanations of aliveness as it applies to what would normally be thought of as inanimate objects.  “Patterns are the building blocks in terms of […]

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Thesis – Chapter 3 Planning Literature: 3.6 Everything is Connected

3.6 Everything Is Connected In Feng Shui everything is alive and everything is connected.  The patterns and the ch’i are connected to the space, and the people using the space are connected to each other.  Similarly, buildings are visually and energetically connected to proximate buildings and to the earth and street from which they rise. […]

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Thesis – Chapter 3 Planning Literature: 3.7 Symbolism

3.7 Symbolism Symbolism is one of the greatest indicators of connectedness as, according to Yi-Fu Tuan, a “bridge is simultaneously a utilitarian fact and a symbol for connectedness from one place to the next, from one world to another” (1974, p. 199).  Just as the physical form of the environment is symbolic in church spires […]

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Thesis – Chapter 3 Planning Literature: 3.8 Five Elements

3.8 The Five Elements Balance can be further enhanced though the understanding of the properties of the basic elements: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water, and how they are represented in an environment.  In Feng Shui everything is composed of these core elements.  Each of these elements interacts with one another and their presence and […]