Chinese architect Ieoh Ming Pei highlights the importance of feng shui when you consider that it finds its roots in "the interpretation and evaluation of nature for the location of a site and for the study of building's shape." He also states: "When you make a project in Hong Kong you have to consider feng shui. There are geomancers who advise architects where to place the building, its location within the site, the shape and the interior layout that the building must have."
The architect Paolo Portoghesi (1999): "In a mood similar to the one some Indian-American tribes have, who refused to cultivate the land not to hurt their mother, the Chinese have a sacred respect for the environment and argue that in order to introduce something new, you must avoid "to stick a thorn in his flesh" and instead design a shape that flows with the rhythm of the Earth."
Pierre Alain Crosette (1989) writes, referring to the architect Gino Valle: "The obsession with the theme for the bedrock of architecture, also fueled by the reading of Abercrombie's work on feng shui, crystallizes in a natural metaphor: the building must be born as an outgrowth of the land. According to this metaphor, the pillar becomes the most expressive constructive element which Valle understand as a pile of dirt."
Tiziano Terzani, journalist and expert of the Asian continent, gives this definition: "Feng shui means the forces of nature". Despite its magic, what is interesting in feng shui is that underlying principle: constantly reestablish the harmony of nature. For the Chinese, everything has to have a balance. The world stands, reproduces, worries and lives within the harmony between the diversity."
Sir Patrick Abercrombie (1925) writes in an article dedicated to the practice and to the experience of feng shui: "The Chinese have always regarded the farmland as their home. This is why they have always tried to harmonize human interventions with natural characteristics in order to create a new and composite landscape, a complex fusion of art with nature."
Stephen Skinner (author of Manual of Feng Shui on living in harmony with the Earth, Astrolabio, Roma, 1985): "feng shui is the art of living in harmony with the Earth and to take greater benefit, peace and prosperity from being in the right place at the right time. The feeling we experience when we "feel" a "place" as good or bad, is called feng shui by the Chinese".