Relevance of Metaphysics on Functional Performance of Commercial Building Designs
This paper presents the findings of a study on the relevancy of metaphysics on functional performance of commercial building design. Similarities in principles on building design and planning practices by three major Asian cultures, the Chinese-Buddhist, Indian-Hindu, and Malay-Islam, are looked into. The main aim of the study was to gouge whether the selected existing building designs were in compliance with any metaphysic theories and conformance with certain an established standard commercial building design guidelines. There are 13 commercial premises owned by Government agency were selected and of these, six were categorized under “performing”, while seven were “non-performing”. Two locally well-known commercial premises were used as “benchmark”. A combination technique done previously by others with observational procedure was devised in the analysis process. The findings reveal some evidence that metaphysics had certain influence towards functional performance of the commercial buildings and could be considered to complement the modern design practices. However, further analysis needs to be carried out involving larger number of samples and area coverage to confirm the findings of the present study
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