There is more to classic Feng Shui than what you might find on decorating blogs.
“Western Feng Shui is a fairly recent phenomenon,” says Diana Garber, President of Intuitive Concepts, Inc. and Master Feng Shui Practitioner. “It has only been around a few decades and, in terms of its understanding and implementation compared to classic Feng Shui, it is simplistic.”
Classic Feng Shui, Garber explains, has been around for thousands of years and it is a rigorous, numbers based practice. It calculates the physical reactions among natural environmental elements and addresses the impact of man-made structures.
When Tansky Sawmill Toyota decided to remodel its facility in northwestern Columbus, the Tansky family and company leadership partnered with Intuitive Concepts and Columbus architecture firm Architectural Alliance. Eventually the team decided to pursue both Feng Shui and LEED. The facility was certified LEED Gold 2009 making it the first LEED certified facility of its kind in the region, and the only LEED and Feng Shui dealership in the country.
“LEED and Feng Shui complement one another,” says Garber. “Whereas LEED looks at how to make the building have less impact upon the environment, Feng Shui looks at how people will experience the space. In a sense, Feng Shui tells the rest of the story.”
Garber has a background in risk management, including being Vice President of Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery at Bank One where she oversaw 65,000 workstations and 2,500 servers as well as worked command centers for the NY terrorist attack and various natural disasters. She employs Feng Shui in part as a risk management tool; constantly seeking the relationship between cause and effect, Garber is results driven. She encourages her clients to establish goals and benchmarks – and a long history of clients can attest to having their goals met or exceeded through the use of Feng Shui.
Attend Garber’s presentation at DesignColumbus 2014 to learn how Feng Shui and LEED can be used in conjunction, as well as how Feng Shui influenced exterior and interior designs of Tansky Sawmill Toyota.