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Zen Architecture: The Building Process as Practice

Discoe, Paul; Quinn, Alexandra

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ISBN 10: 1423600096 / ISBN 13: 9781423600091
Published by Gibbs Smith, U.S.A., 2008
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First edition. 4to; 240 pp.; illustrated. Front free endpaper removed; else a good copy or better in original gilt-stamped green cloth in a very good dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 011012

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Title: Zen Architecture: The Building Process as ...

Publisher: Gibbs Smith, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition: Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: First Edition.

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Paul Discoe was in on the ground floor of Zen architecture in the United States. In the 1960s he became a student of Zen Buddhism, studying and building at the Tassajara complex in northern California. His own wood-based Zen-Buddhism architectural structures and renovations in the United States and Europe are the focus of this book. With passionate prose, Discoe identifies the elements of Buddhism that are represented in his buildings and describes the trials and triumphs of blending current building methods and codes of the United States with ancient Japanese joinery techniques. Zen-Inspired Architecture has delightful photography of his structures, and the illustrations show just how a Zen structure has its beginnings.

An ordained Zen Buddhist priest, Paul Discoe studied Art History and Philosophy as an undergraduate in the United States and Buddhist temple design and construction in Japan. He became a student of Suzuki-roshi at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center in California, and after four years, Suzuki sent him to Japan to train under a traditional master builder for five years. Upon returning, Discoe founded Joinery Structures in 1988. His projects include the Kojin-an Zen temple in Oakland for Akiba Sensei, the Founder's Hall and Kitchen at Tassajara, the Lindesfarne Guest House and Wheelwright Center, the Abbot's House at Green Gulch, as well as several prestigious homes and projects internationally. His current project is the Sonoma Mandala project on Sonoma Mountain in California, which will be a significant Zen temple complex in North America.

Alexandra Quinn is a writer, editor, and freelance arts management consultant living in San Francisco. Her publications include exhibition catalogs, educational guides to museum exhibitions, and Candy Story, translated from the French novel by Marie Redonnet.

Roslyn Banish is a San Francisco-based photographer. She has authored a number of documentary books, combining photographs and text. Roslyn received a Master's degree in photography from the Institute of Design in Chicago.

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ZEN ARCHITECTURE The Building Process as Practice

Paul Discoe with Alexandra Quinn

Photographs by Roslyn Banish

In Zen Architecture: The Building Process as Practice, Paul Discoe shares the result of over forty years of study, design, building, and Zen Buddhist practice. From simple hand sketches to the completion of Zen temples, residential projects, grand estates, and modular structures, this book illustrates a singular vision influenced by traditional Japanese woodworking, contemporary life, and Buddhism. With a commitment to the environment and a deep respect for wood, his primary building material, Paul Discoe's work incorporates sustainable practices and recycled materials. Experience the architectural process as an embodiment of Zen practice through skillful craftsmanship, ancient woodworking techniques, and the integration of contemporary engineering and living standards.

An ordained Zen Buddhist priest, Paul Discoe studied art history and philosophy as an undergraduate in the United States and Buddhist temple design and construction in Japan. He became a student of Suzuki Roshi at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center in California, and, after four years, Suzuki sent him to Japan to train under a traditional master builder for five years. Upon returning, Discoe founded Joinery Structures in 1988. His projects include the Kojin-an Zen temple in Oakland for Akiba Sensei, the founder's hall and kitchen at Tassajara, the Lindesfarne guesthouse and Wheelwright Center, and the abbot's house at Green Gulch, as well as several prestigious homes and projects internationally. His current project is a system of prefabricated building parts, made of salvaged and recycled materials, that can be assembled in many forms.

The featured Zen architecture of Paul Discoe:

- Tassajara Zen Mountain Center

- Green Gulch Farm

- City Center

- Felsentor

- Kojin-an-Zen Temple

- Occidental Road House

- Wall Road House

- Northern California Guesthouse

- Woodside Home and Garden Complex

- Manhattan Loft

- Rikyu Kit of Parts

- Cardboard Zendo<./p>

Alexandra Quinn is a freelance arts management consultant, writer, and editor living in San Francisco. Her publications include Candy Story, translated from the French novel by Marie Redonnet.

Roslyn Banish is a San Francisco-based photographer. She has authored a number of documentary books, combining photographs and text. Roslyn received a master's degree in photography from the Institute of Design in Chicago.

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