Monday, March 23, 2009

N.Y.Times Article:Ancient Chinese Craft Shifts Building Designs in the U.S.

Ancient Chinese Craft Shifts Building Designs in the U.S. - The New York Times
Even the $2.5 billion Riverside South project on the Upper West Side could include some elements of feng shui because of the entry of a group of Hong Kong investors as Donald J. Trump's new partners in developing the site. "It's just another element in which you can have the advantage over your competitors," Mr. Trump said. "Asians are becoming a big part of our market and this is something we can't ignore."

The theory behind feng shui is that a life force flows through all things -- buildings, hills, rivers, power lines, people -- and the manipulation of the force through the proper orientation of physical structures can enhance a person's luck, wealth and good health.

In the Far East, buildings with good feng shui can draw mobs of buyers eager to enhance their fortunes. Bad feng shui, in the opinion of a practitioner, can break a deal in a moment.

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