The impacts of site selection and planning of a historic settlement on a sustainable residence

Y. C. Chu, M. F. Hsu, C. M. Hsieh

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Abstract

To find a sustainable living environment, ancestors looked to the site selection method of traditional Feng Shui from ancient China, evaluating and selecting the place most suitable to live in. The current location, environmental conditions, and building clusters of the Hua Zhai Settlement meet the most fundamental criteria of site selection. Further analysis of the local weather data from the last thirty years highlighted the most significant weather factor impacting Hua Zhai Settlement: wind. This factor is used in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) wind environmental simulation, the results of which show that settlements that adhere to the most basic site selection principles are able to provide residents with a more comfortable living environment, allowing people to live sustainably. This proves that Feng Shui is indeed the accumulation of rules governing our living experiences.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-157
Number of pages13
JournalApplied Ecology and Environmental Research
Volume15
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jan 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Agronomy and Crop Science

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