The environment and you

“You are a product of your environment.” W Clement Stone

It is generally recognised that the environment influences our lives.
When we design and build the interiors of buildings, we know the resulting behaviour of the people that are using it.
In the home; we behave differently in different rooms because of the furnishings and decor.

  • Living Room – Relax and meetings area
  • Office – Work
  • Bedroom – Rest and sleep

In Public buildings, we also behave in the appropriate manner

  • Court of Law – Sober & serious
  • Night club – Fun & enjoyment
  • Hospital – Quiet & considerate

However, when it comes to the location and design of buildings, we are not able to predict accurately what the reaction of the people is.

For example:

  • A shopping centre is built. It is for people to buy goods from the tenants there.
  • A Restaurant is to be filled with people enjoying themselves with food.
  • A Bank Head Office – providing banking services for the business and the people

However, not all buildings fulfil their design purpose. This can be seen with the number of unsuccessful buildings in the world.

This list is an example some successful and unsuccessful building developments

Building Successful Unsuccessful
Shopping Centre Bluewater (Kent) Swan (Leatherhead)
Restaurant Halepi Zobra
Bank Head Office HSBC RBS
High Rise Housing London Docklands UK Inner City

There is no proven methodology in the West that is used by property developers, planning authorities, or architects to ensure that the buildings or development will do or perform what it was designed for. They do what they think is right and let it happen. It is essentially a hit and miss strategy, random for want of a better word.

Secondly, the health and well being of the people in the property are not considered.
As far as I know, there are two methodologies for the built environment. Both have the roots in the East – Vastu Shastra and Feng Shui.

Vastu Shastra – is the traditional Hindu system of design based on directional alignments. It is primarily applied in Hindu architecture, especially for Hindu Temples (Wikipedia).

Feng Shui A Chinese environmental management system (Kan Yu)which started with the beginning of recorded Chinese Civilisation some 5,000 years ago (3,000 BC). Kan Yu then evolved to Feng Shui which is about how man interacts with its built environment. The aim is to live in harmony with Nature by understanding how Nature works. There are many successful property developments using this methodology throughout the world.

Links to other pages:


About Michael Oon

Traditional Feng Shui


The Environment and You


Links to other pages on traditional feng shui.

What is the practice of traditional feng shui?
Is traditional feng shui only about buildings?
What are the benefits from the application of traditional feng shui?
What is different about traditional feng shui?
When is the best time to involve a consultant using traditional feng shui?
Traditional feng shui and sustainability
About traditional feng shui

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