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Could Calgary council chambers benefit from Feng Shui?

Small changes at Calgary city council chambers “could ensure that all who enter there are comfortable and feel represented,” said one expert.

Could a better colour palette make for a better city?

With City Hall’s council chamber accessibility renovations underway, Metro asked a feng shui expert that if further renovations could be undertaken – what could help foster a more nurturing, innovative and cooperative environment?

“Because this room brings together divergent opinions and ideas, the best color scheme would be one that represents all five elements—water, wood, fire, metal, and earth,” explained Mia Staysko of White Lotus Interiors. “This would encourage policy makers to seek equilibrium and balance.”

Currently, the Chamber is mainly metallic with white and grays. “When metal is out of balance, it can be cold and contracting, seeking perfection rather than compromise. Not ideal for government,” she said.

Polarizing issues have plagued city hall this term – the Peace Bridge, Memorial Drive closure, the auditor’s office and most recently, the police budget.

For more stability, Staysko suggests adding earth tones: the use of greens or even better, actual wood or plants.

“This would encourage growth and momentum in decision making,” she said.

A little black, representing water, would bring wisdom, and a splash of red, for fire, could add enthusiasm.

Collectively, these changes would cultivate a more flexible, creative space, Staysko explained.