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Post-Modern Revival

With the opening up of China to the west, principally first from Hong Kong and Macau, Feng Shui became increasingly known and also practiced by western "hongs" or trading companies to satisfy local business communities, and also to encourage luck in business. Feng Shui masters have always influenced the great buildings in Hong Kong — both for good and bad ends: the famous Bank of China Tower on Hong Kong Island, with its blade-like design, was said to be a deliberate curse upon the Government House and its British administration. Still, western scholars and new-age spiritualists rediscovered Feng Shui and led to a dramatic and often erratic revival of the practice on the North American west coast California and British Columbia from the early 1990s.

Architects and landscape designers are sometimes called upon to take Feng Shui principles into account, particularly in regions and cities where there are large Chinese populations. This has increased in recent years, and can be seen as part of the wider trend towards "humanising" what is seen as the "inhuman" spaces of Modernism.

Feng Shui vernacular includes: fountains, the use of curves rather than hard straight lines, alignment of entrances with the best views, natural materials, and is best seen in such buildings as the Getty Center in Los Angeles by Richard Meier which stands as the best articulation of 1990s style feng shui influence and theory on the American west coast. 

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