Teaching Architecture: Enhancing Healthy Living in Light of Feng-shui
This paper integrates the author’s feng-shui research and consultant experiences with teaching architectural design to enhance healthy living. Fengshui is an ancient Chinese practice used to harmonize people with their environment. Utilizing feng-shui as a clue, this course explores a design paradigm enhancing healthy living with various scales from natural landscape, climate impacts, urban/landscape design to architecture and interior design. Introducing systems philosophy and scientific knowledge, and conducting field investigations, this course helps undergraduate students understand enhancing healthy living should be the primary goal for architectural design. Homesites located in areas prone to natural hazards could lead to injury, illness, and fatalities. Inadequate ventilation can foster indoor pollutants, radon, bacteria, and viruses. Inappropriate spatial designs can cause physical and mental illness. This interdisciplinary approach to architectural design to enhance healthy living helps students improve their living conditions and design skills. Finally, it develops students’ fundamental worldview of systematic thinking.
Author: Ping Xu
Published in: Canada International Conference on Education, 2022
- Date of Conference: 21-23 June, 2022
- DOI: 10.20533/CICE.2022.0032
- Electronic ISBN: 978-1-913572-49-5
- Conference Location: Virtual (Mississauga, Canada)