Kanyu (Feng-shui): A Case of Re-interpretation of the Spirit of Space

Ding, Yuan (2008) Kanyu (Feng-shui): A Case of Re-interpretation of the Spirit of Space. In: 16th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Finding the spirit of place – between the tangible and the intangible’, 29 sept – 4 oct 2008, Quebec, Canada. [Conference or Workshop Item]


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Abstract (in English)

Being one of the most famous intangible heritage in architecture and urban planning, Kanyu, whose popular name is Feng-shui, worked in China traditionally as the spirit of space as well as architecture and currently as the substitute of "superstition". Nowadays, Feng-shui is facing two problems: one is the ideological matter in its birthplace, China; the other is the re-interpretation by modern scientific framework due to the international impact. Through the vicissitude of Kanyu in history, the paper tried to make transparency of how Kanyu worked as the intangible backdrop of Chinese cities, and how did it fade with the fading of traditional philosophical air since China involved in the intercultural context after 1840. Moreover, the paper discussed the re-interpretation of Fengshui's original documents as the way to protect this intangible heritage to be part of living spirit of space.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Ding, Yuan
Languages: English
Keywords: Feng-shui; kanyu; town planning; architecture; spirit of place
Subjects: O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
D.URBANISM > 02. Urban planning
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 12. Historic towns and villages
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Wuchang City, China; Wudang Architectural Group, China
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2008, 16th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2010 11:56
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:13
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URI: https://openarchive.icomos.org/id/eprint/147

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