Cleaning up hospitals with feng shui
Inventor, designer and now philanthropist Sir James Dyson ought to be congratulated for his new campaign to clean up hospitals following a £4 million donation to a West Country neonatal ward.
Staff, patients and most importantly premature babies are now thriving after a £6.1m revamp at the Royal United Hospital. In the words of one concerned parent of a child born twelve weeks prematurely who contracted a potentially life-threatening gastrointestinal infection, “It was touch and go for a couple of days, but I remember it was the way the nurse’s hands were folded and something about the lights, the mood, the space, it all helped us to cope.”
That “something” is undoubtedly Feng Shui, now defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as “a system of laws considered to govern spatial arrangement and orientation in relation to the flow of energy (chi), and whose favourable or unfavourable effects are taken into account when siting and designing buildings.”
In basic terms it deals with the flow and storage of energy throughout a building or space and how different materials support or interrupt this distribution. All materials, shapes, positions and even colours within the area are analysed and the path is determined by air flow. It may help to think of this in terms of heat and light, where ideally warmth should be preserved and natural light needs to flow for maximum comfort and efficiency. When applied to those who are vulnerable this aids wellbeing and speeds recovery.
The good news is that Feng Shui principles can improve any existing space even without the need of costly refurbishments and we have considerable experience in doing this. However, the finer the ingredients the better the result, and when Feng Shui is applied to new builds or major refurbishments, the results can be outstanding.
As well as working with design and project teams, we have also trained many Architects to use Feng Shui and collectively we are all working to provide nurturing environments for those in need. Sir James Dyson is now a making a £4 million donation to a cancer ward in the same hospital. We are keen to lend a hand and offer Feng Shui advice to help other hospitals improve their environments and subsequent service whilst reducing stress.
We would also like to work with schools to provide a nurturing and less intensive space for pupils to study. If you are involved in these sectors and would like some Feng Shui advice, please send us your enquiries.
Feng shui widely followed by China's Communist officials
The Zhejiang Daily said on Wednesday that feng shui was widely followed by Chinese officials, who routinely retain feng shui consultants to assess the arrangement of their new offices and homes, and heed their advice on changes and decorations.
The paper said a survey conducted by the Chinese Academy of Governance several years ago showed that nearly half of the country's county-level officials had sought advice from feng shui specialists.
Feng shui future for BBC TV Centre?
The BBC Television Centre has just ended its operations after 53 years of dominating television history, what will happen to those iconic buildings now?
Since the inception by Architect Graham Dawbarn in 1949 that placed a futuristically designed question mark shaped building on a triangular plot of land; feng shui forces combined to develop one of the most respected institutes in the world.
Feng shui always takes the local topography into account and the triangular shape of this plot relates to the fire element, perfect for drama, the arts and most importantly action. The flowing design of the question mark relates to the water element, and its circular design sometimes referred to as a “doughnut”, stimulates the flow of energy and signifies respect and great power. Consequently, the corporation enjoyed an enviable global reputation for its output.
Viewing this rounded shape in isolation denotes great wealth, which is gained from selling its programmes around the world.
In the future, this flow aspect is ideally utilised by retail, hotel and leisure outlets. It also works well with authorities and as military or governmental offices, whilst the question mark shape of its design perhaps favours metaphysics?