Ecological Evaluation of Landscape Using Feng-Shui Theory at Shandiz Urban Region, NE Iran
International Journal of Environmental Protection and Policy
Volume 1, Issue 2, July 2013, Pages: 32-37
Received: Jul. 20, 2013; Published: Aug. 20, 2013
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Mohammad Reza Mansouri Daneshvar, Department of Physical Geography, Mashhad Branch, Islamic Azad University, Mashhad, Iran
Sarah Khosravi, Department of Urban Planning and Design, Mashhad Branch, Islamic Azad University, Mashhad, Iran
Somayeh Rezayi, Department of Geography and Rural Planning, University of Sistan and Baluchestan, Zahedan, Iran
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Landscape evaluation has an important role in developing and maintaining sustainability on local, regional and global scales. For this purpose different mathematical, empirical and traditional approaches were applied including Feng-shui theory. The basis of this theory refers to the Chinese traditional knowledge, examination and evaluation of the intrinsic energies of people and places. At the present study the site analysis and the landscape evaluation with Feng-shui theory were applied using the shapes and imaginaries of the landforms in the Shandiz urban region, northeast of Iran. The unsustainable development plans along the land use changes in this region has resulted in land degradations and natural hazards. Therefore, it is necessary to explain the traditional or ecological landscape evaluation at the study area. Based on the Feng-shui method we investigated the assigning nine-lattice zones map of the study area to achieve the ecological landscape evaluation. We think this method is a useful fresh traditional method for application in Middle East area. Our results exhibited that the central cave spot and four directions at the study area had spatially adaptation on the Lo-shu tablet in the nine landscape zones. These zones revealed that the new optimal strategies based on Feng-shui variant characteristics which are the brief research outcomes of landscape evaluation.
Landscape, Ecological Evaluation, Feng-Shui Theory, Shandiz
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Mohammad Reza Mansouri Daneshvar, Sarah Khosravi, Somayeh Rezayi, Ecological Evaluation of Landscape Using Feng-Shui Theory at Shandiz Urban Region, NE Iran, International Journal of Environmental Protection and Policy. Vol. 1, No. 2, 2013, pp. 32-37. doi: 10.11648/j.ijepp.20130102.13
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