Presentation Title

The Way The Wind Blows and Water Flows: Examining The Perception of Safety and Comfort Using Feng Shui at Thompson Rivers University

Format of Presentation

Poster to be presented the Friday of the conference

Abstract

Geomancy is an ancient discipline that has studied the physical and mental health benefits generated from the earth’s spiritual energy through the specific arrangement of objects and cardinal directions. Whereas geomancy has existed in different locations such as Asia, Africa and Europe. Feng Shui from China is perhaps the most recognized form of geomancy, which holds an interchangeable position between art and science. Form school Feng Shui – the artistic aspect of Feng Shui – aims to harmonize the environment through strategic placement of artificial and natural artifacts, e.g., trees or houses, in a landscape. On the other hand, the compass school – the scientific characteristic of Feng Shui – utilizes cardinal directions, astrology and cosmological schemata to evaluate the flow of qi/chi (spiritual energy) in space. Combinations of the form and compass schools have become standard guidelines for Feng Shui masters to create an environment that delivers a sense of comfort and safety to dwellers. The aim of this project is first: to examine the existing form and compass school features in selected locations* at Thompson Rivers University; second, to evaluate comfort and safety in selected areas within the campus using form and compass school criteria. To understand how Feng Shui influences the sense of comfort and safety, sites are assessed when determining areas of good and bad Feng Shui on campus. Results from the study suggest that room 151 in the Arts and Education Building and the Horticulture Garden contain features which satisfy the requirements of good Feng Shui. However, the Computer Lab in the Old Main Building lacks good Feng Shui features, making it the least comfortable spot on campus. In conclusion, Feng Shui and other forms of geomancy are cultural perceptions that act as guidelines for dwellers to create a comfortable and safe environment. However, the analysis of Feng Shui, concerning comfort and safety, has gained little to no attention in academia due to its superstitious background. To understand how Feng Shui and other forms of geomancy contribute to comfort and safety in an environment, more studies need to occur within the environmental perception sub-field of geography.

*Indoor location: Room 151 (Arts and Education Building) and Computer Lab (Old Main Building)

*Outdoor location: The Horticulture Garden

Department

Geography and Environmental Studies

Faculty Advisor

Tom Waldichuk

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The Way The Wind Blows and Water Flows: Examining The Perception of Safety and Comfort Using Feng Shui at Thompson Rivers University

Geomancy is an ancient discipline that has studied the physical and mental health benefits generated from the earth’s spiritual energy through the specific arrangement of objects and cardinal directions. Whereas geomancy has existed in different locations such as Asia, Africa and Europe. Feng Shui from China is perhaps the most recognized form of geomancy, which holds an interchangeable position between art and science. Form school Feng Shui – the artistic aspect of Feng Shui – aims to harmonize the environment through strategic placement of artificial and natural artifacts, e.g., trees or houses, in a landscape. On the other hand, the compass school – the scientific characteristic of Feng Shui – utilizes cardinal directions, astrology and cosmological schemata to evaluate the flow of qi/chi (spiritual energy) in space. Combinations of the form and compass schools have become standard guidelines for Feng Shui masters to create an environment that delivers a sense of comfort and safety to dwellers. The aim of this project is first: to examine the existing form and compass school features in selected locations* at Thompson Rivers University; second, to evaluate comfort and safety in selected areas within the campus using form and compass school criteria. To understand how Feng Shui influences the sense of comfort and safety, sites are assessed when determining areas of good and bad Feng Shui on campus. Results from the study suggest that room 151 in the Arts and Education Building and the Horticulture Garden contain features which satisfy the requirements of good Feng Shui. However, the Computer Lab in the Old Main Building lacks good Feng Shui features, making it the least comfortable spot on campus. In conclusion, Feng Shui and other forms of geomancy are cultural perceptions that act as guidelines for dwellers to create a comfortable and safe environment. However, the analysis of Feng Shui, concerning comfort and safety, has gained little to no attention in academia due to its superstitious background. To understand how Feng Shui and other forms of geomancy contribute to comfort and safety in an environment, more studies need to occur within the environmental perception sub-field of geography.

*Indoor location: Room 151 (Arts and Education Building) and Computer Lab (Old Main Building)

*Outdoor location: The Horticulture Garden