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Behind the scenes of the built environment

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Science  09 Mar 2018:
Vol. 359, Issue 6380, pp. 1108
DOI: 10.1126/science.aas8717

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  • BIM design should be based on Feng Shui
    • Masahiro Higashi, CEO, Bimobject JAPAN
    • Other Contributors:
      • Keita Taniguchi, CEO, Zenta
      • Yoshiyasu Takefuji, Professor, Keio University

    Contemporary architecture using BIM has made it possible for designers to incorporate multidisciplinary and multi-layers by merging with informatics. Designers must create ideal images based on design, structure, economic efficiency, and environmental impacts where computers can produce a theoretical consistent model. No matter how complicated the design is given, the structure design can be determined. In the era of such virtual constructions, Roma Agrawal presented one way of thinking against contemporary structural engineering (1,2). She tries to integrate social and cultural anthropological stories into contemporary structural engineering(1,2).
    In China and Japan (at least in Japan before AC 7C), many philosophers and architects had incorporated "Feng Shui (Suzaku, Genbu, Blue Dragon, White Tiger)" model for designing cities and buildings(3,4). Cities including Nara (Heijokyo) and Kyoto (Heiankyo) are representative examples(3). Feng Shui has been adopted in the city development around the Tokyo railway station and the Imperial Palace. When designing the structure, Miyadaiku (shrine/temple carpenters) considered our human body as the ultimate structure(5). Based on human body building structures, many buildings have survived against big earthquakes for long time. Feng Shui is based on designing and/or controlling the flow of “Qi” from the positional relationships of things(4). Qi and objects are regarded as “information”. Feng Shui is a methodolog...

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    Competing Interests: None declared.