Harmonious spaces: the influence of Feng Shui on urban form and design

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Madeddu, M and Zhang, X (2017). Harmonious spaces: the influence of Feng Shui on urban form and design. Journal of Urban Design. 22 (6), pp. 709-725. https://doi.org/10.1080/13574809.2017.1336061
AuthorsMadeddu, M and Zhang, X

This paper examines the influence of Feng Shui on urban form and spatial design at multiple levels: from the domestic spaces of the home, through commercial development projects, to the planning and building of cities. It contrasts the ancient power of China’s emperors to directly plan cities according to Feng Shui principles with its indirect influence today, underpinned by cultural and commercial drivers rather than the direct influence of regulation. Although ‘official’ adherence to Feng Shui seems less explicit than it once was, there are signs that it retains a place in the decision-making environment. The paper concludes by advancing a research agenda around the embeddedness of Feng Shui within the cultures of planning regulation and decision-making.

KeywordsFeng Shui; China; urban form; design; regulation; 1205 Urban And Regional Planning; 1201 Architecture; Urban & Regional Planning
JournalJournal of Urban Design
Journal citation22 (6), pp. 709-725
PublisherCarfax Publishing Ltd.
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/13574809.2017.1336061
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Print26 Jul 2017
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Deposited16 May 2017
Accepted13 Apr 2017
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