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The Garden as Architecture: Form and Spirit in the Gardens of Japan, China, and Korea

Inaji, Toshiro

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ISBN 10: 477001712X / ISBN 13: 9784770017123
Published by Kodansha International, Tokyo, 1998
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Coal black cloth over boards; silver lettering. Silver dj with color photo and maroon spine lettering. 204 pp. with bw images throughout. Text in English. Sections on Japan, China, Korea with individual chapters: Early Prototypes and Interpretive Approaches; Shinden-Zukuri as Prototype, and Two Divergent Interpretations; Kinetic, mUltifaceted Gardens and Miegakure; Coexisting "Unworldly" and "Mundane" Worlds; Spatial Composititon of the Unworldly; Ideology and Prototypes; Traditional Korean Residences and their Gardens; The "Uncultivated" Garden. With end notes, chronology of historical periods in the three countries, a glossary, references and index. Includes historical and contemporary images, as well as diagrams, floor plans, architectural designs, etc. Very thorough, informative and captivating. Bookseller Inventory # 144577

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Title: The Garden as Architecture: Form and Spirit ...

Publisher: Kodansha International, Tokyo

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:NF/VG+

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Gardens and their related architecture have always been designed in Japan, China, and Korea as a single, cohesive environment. The particular forms that these environments took over the centuries naturally reflect each country's differing aesthetic principles, but were also governed by other concerns--from religious beliefs and social structure to simple spatial or climatic constraints. In his exploration of the history of garden design in the Far East, Toshiro Inaji offers a fascinating study of changing cultural and aesthetic values.

The Garden as Architecture is the first book published in English to focus on the strikingly different interpretations made by these three countries--in their gardens and architecture--of the Buddhist, Confucianist, Taoist, and geomantic principles that have informed their cultures since ancient times. This pioneering study makes clear just how and why the approaches taken by neighboring countries were so different.

Inaji begins by looking at extant gardens in Japan, China, and Korea, and then traces back over the broad social, philosophical, and cultural circumstances that gave rise to period forms, in an effort to uncover what residential gardens and architecture were understood to mean at significant turning points in their development. He defines the prototype of garden-and-residential environments in each country, and considers the ways in which specific design solutions express the prototype while also meeting the functional criteria of a site. This approach gives readers the deep background they need to view gardens of the Far East with a more informed eye. It reveals--and demystifies--the genius of these garden-and-architectural environments.

This heavily illustrated, comprehensive volume contains more than 150 photographs of the most significant gardens and related architecture in the Far East. Additional information is provided by nearly 200 schematic line drawings. The Garden as Architecture is a milestone in Western access to the traditions of Far Eastern garden design, architecture, and thought.

More than 150 photographs
Nearly 200 schematic line drawings

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Toshiro Inaji is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Design at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, Professor at Takarazuka University of Art and Design in Kansai, and Visiting Professor at the Beijing Central Polytechnic Institute of Fine Arts. His article, "Nihon teien to tateya no kanren ni kansuru ichiren no kenky" (Explorations of the relationship between Japanese gardens and architecture) was awarded the Japan Society for the Science of Design Prize in 1988; this work formed the basis for The Garden As Architecture. He is also the author of Kankyo dezain no rekishi tenbo (Historical perspectives on environmental design).

Pamela Virgilio, the translator and adapter, earned a Master of Fine Arts in environmental design from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, where she studied under Toshiro Inaji. She has lived for ten years in Tokyo, where she works as a graphic designer and translator specializing in art and architecture.

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