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only in california.....ClydeTri
Jan 30, 2004 1:01 PM
California Measure Would Align Building Rules With Feng Shui
By PATRICIA LEIGH BROWN

Published: January 30, 2004

AN FRANCISCO, Jan. 29 — With a budget deficit of about $14 billion, California could use a major infusion of positive energy.

So it may be appropriate timing that in this most Asian of mainland American regions, State Assemblyman Leland Y. Yee, Democrat of San Francisco, has introduced a resolution that urges the California Building Standards Commission to adopt standards that would aid feng shui, the ancient Chinese practice of promoting health, harmony and prosperity through the environment.

The resolution, which has yet to pass a committee vote before going to the full Assembly, is meant to encourage planning agencies, building departments and design review boards to provide for the use of feng shui principles, which often touch on the placement of doors and staircases, the position of buildings and the alignment of objects in rooms. It aims to help people live in harmony with nature by promoting the flow of chi, or positive energy, and neutralizing or avoiding negative energy.

"The structure of a building can affect a person's mood," the measure says, "which can influence a person's behavior, which, in turn, can determine the success of a person's personal and professional relationships."

Mr. Yee said: "We need to allow the expression of one's culture. That's why people come to California."

The standards commission typically deals with more mundane concerns, like plumbing pipes. But in California, feng shui is big business. In communities like Fremont and Cupertino, south of San Francisco, feng shui experts often consult with developers on the layout of subdivisions, avoiding placing a house at a T-shaped intersection, which would invite negative energy, or sha, the mouth of the dragon .

"Feng shui is a very major cultural factor," said Irene Jhin, publisher of the Chinese New Home Buyer's Guide, based in Burlingame.

Traditionally, feng shui is believed to have ramifications beyond domestic tranquillity. "If there is harmony in the house, there is order in the nation," says a Chinese proverb. "If there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world
...and most of asia nmmohair_chair
Jan 30, 2004 1:05 PM
Mmm...seems like sort of a cheap shot. What can it hurt?Cory
Jan 30, 2004 1:59 PM
It's easy to make fun of it, and I don't believe in feng shui. But millions of people do, presumably including Yee, and we can't ignore the fact that there was a pretty advanced civilization in China when my Anglo ancestors were painting themselves blue and living in caves. Granting that California has MUCH bigger problems it ought to be dealing with, it's hard to see how a resolution encouraging (not mandating) design principles can hurt anything. Shoot, what we're doing now to promote peace and harmony isn't working worth a @#$%.
Good design makes sense...rwbadley
Jan 30, 2004 3:10 PM
If it takes a little feng shui to achieve it then that's ok with me.

Ever notice how some places just feel 'right' or 'wrong'? Design to accomodate positive feelings will always come back with positve results.
Feng Shui is not just a bunch of superstitionkilimanjaro
Feb 2, 2004 9:39 AM
For example,

The entrance to a dwelling should face southeast. This makes a lot of sense in terms of heating and insulation in the Nothern Hemisphere. Our house has a doors and large windows facing North, maybe that is why it is so damm cold in the winter (relative to Sunny San Diego).

Not to say there is a lot of superstition mixed, and how such rural "design concepts" fit in a city environment is beyond me.
There have been urban areas in China for millenia. (nm)czardonic
Feb 2, 2004 5:38 PM