We have all heard about Feng Shui by now. It is a pseudoscience developed by the Chinese, based on natural energy and earth/star orientation to induce harmony and happiness. Several years ago I read about Feng Shui experts directing their clients away from purchasing houses and high rise buildings if they did not orient correctly to the compass, roads, mountains, rivers, and other natural features.
I have designed one house in Austin, Texas using principles of Feng Shui and there are several designers here on AR that apply the principle to interiors.
Here is a video illustrating the idea of Feng Shui (which means literally wind/water) as imposed on the modern cityscape of Hangzhow.
Feng Shui will direct exactly where the front door of a house should be located, how a stairway should be oriented (not facing the street as good fortune will pour out), where beds should be placed, that a view through a house is not good practice, balance of all elements by weight, the types of materials to use, the inclusion of natural features for shade and scale, etc.