Metaphysical approach for design functionality in Malay-Islamic architecture

Metaphysical approach for design functionality in Malay-Islamic architecture. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, 202. 273 -284. ISSN 1877-0428 (2015)


This paper presents the findings of a study on metaphysical approaches to building design. Three major Asian cultures, the Chinese-Buddhist, Indian-Hindu, and Malay-Islam, are reviewed. There are similarities found in principles towards achieving the occupants’ well-being. Functionality became priority and rituals are performed at ensuring the well-being and prosperity of future occupants. Whereas, the Chinese-Buddhist practice is called Feng Shui, the Indian-Hindu tradition is based on Vastu-Vidya. The Malay-Islam is extractions from religious teachings written in a manuscript titled Tajul Muluk. The paper concludes that metaphysical approach could still play its roles in the design today.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Metaphysics, Functional, Geomancy, Environology
Taxonomy: By Subject > Architecture, Planning & Surveying > Interior Architecture
Local Content Hub: Subjects > Architecture, Planning & Surveying
Depositing User: Shahidatul Akhmam Rambeli
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2020 08:30
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2020 08:30
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