Living Design: The Daoist Way of Building

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Living Design: The Daoist Way of Building presents the exciting philosophy of Eastern design in a Western context, bringing to Western design professionals and enthusiasts the benefits of feng shui and "green design".

Daoist philosophy of design stresses the need for harmony at all scales, integration with nature, and strong cultural and spiritual connections. Living Design gives examples of the theory and practice of this ancient, living philosophy of design: a rich cross-fertilization from a land that has much to teach.

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Scores of books have now been written on the art of feng shui, the mysteries of chi, and the elements of "green design." Simply appropriating Daoist design elements, however, or imitating Chinese customs is not an effective response to the lack of meaning in Western architecture and design, say the authors of Living Design. In Living Design, Mitchell and Wu set out a radical and insipirational alternative. For the first time, a leading architectural theorist and a Chinese way of looking at the world and designing for spiritual as well as esthetic needs can inspire a similar re-imagining of architecture in the West. Mitchell and Wu's profound and cogent analysis of the underpinnings of Daoist philosophy in architecture, coupled with illustrations of the stunning and beautiful "Village of Long Happiness," clearly demonstrate the interrelationship of Chinese philosophy and architectural form. The authors further explore how architects and designers can apply such a philosophy in a truly Western context. Drawing on the deep insights into the spiritual aspects of space that characterize traditional Asian building... the essential harmony of buildings, landscape, and nature... ecological impacts... and cultural meaning and symbolism. Western architects can discover their own spiritual and esthetic roots--to create new building designs that are both meaningful and livable.

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