One of the core principles of Classical Feng Shui is the premise that in selecting a site for a building or a grave one must take into account the restrictions and limitations of any given site, and ensure that a planned building or grave is suitable and appropriate to these preconditions.
Every site has its advantages and disadvantages. A Feng Shui master must evaluate what a site is best suited for – residential use, commercial developments, a graveyard, or maybe the site should just be left in peace. Feng Shui site selection is an important step in the planning phase of any built up area and ideally allows the resulting building structure to be in sync and in harmony not only with the structures around it, but most importantly, with its natural surroundings.
How does this relate to sustainable development in today’s society? Simply put, topography and weather patterns vary distinctly from place to place – even within countries. Rather than “conquering” the available landmass and ignoring its inherent natural limitations, it is our responsibility to plan and build our structures to fit in with the local conditions and weather patterns. This helps to minimize ecological damage, and supports positive Qi flow in the area, thereby helping us to live a happier and healthier life.
As you can see, Classical Feng Shui is not so much about object placement within your house or office, but rather emphasizes the analysis of landforms and landscapes, and the issue of how to enable mankind to live in the natural surroundings without ultimately destroying it. Although Feng Shui is not often mentioned in discussions about sustainable development, a trend towards more acceptance of Feng Shui principles among architects and city planners can be observed.
I very much support and encourage this trend towards more responsible and environmentally friendly architecture, and hope to see more of it – especially in China, where we have clearly reached the limits of what nature is willing to tolerate.