The Garden As Architecture: Form and Spirit in the Gardens of Japan, China, and Korea
Rock Garden In the Far East, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese garden virtuosos embraced the organic forms of rivers and mountains and distilled them into abstract forms. The rise of Confucianism in Korea likewise kindled an interest in suseok stones, while in Japan Zen karesansui gardens emerged as masterpieces of austerity, where suiseki stones are fastidiously arranged amidst a calm sea of raked gravel.
Islamic Garden In one form or another, what has become commonly known as the Islamic garden has manifested itself from the Pakistani plains of the Indus River to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada in Andalusia, and beyond.
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Kamakura Period 12th,13th and 14th Centuries. I'd been looking to buy this book for some time, then found a former library copy that was in my price range. This book is well worth what I paid for it and more. The author provides plenty of photos, but more importantly you have access to plan views and sections, which So, if you have an interest in landscape architecture, then you will really, really, really value this book.
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The highest compliment which I can pay to a book is to say that it has a place in my "Desert Island" library - that is to say that if I were to find myself stranded on an island and could only have a few books on a given subject, this would be one of them. The Garden as Architecture is such a book; it is fascinating, well-written and profusely illustrated, and is lucid enough to be enjoyable the first time but sufficiently rich and complex in it's material that it continues to yield additional insights after repeated re-readings.
It consists of a cross-cultural comparison of the relationships between architecture and the adjacent outdoor spaces, in the traditional cultures of Japan, China and Korea. I use the term "outdoor space" rather than "garden" because the author makes the point that these 3 cultures differ significantly in the use and meaning which they give to these spaces, which use of the word garden for all 3 does not adequately convey.
The Garden as Architecture
The section on Japanese gardens and architecture is somewhat longer than the Chinese and Korean sections; it alone is worth the price of the book. The author describes the evolution of residential and temple architecture starting with Heian-period Shinden style estates and proceeding thru the Shoin and Sukiya styles of the medieval and Edo periods as well as the changes which occurred in the adjacent gardens.
He shows that architecture and the gardens appear to have changed together as part of a mutually-dependant co-evolution, rather than having evolved independently of one another. For example, he describes how as a result of changes in the design of the shutters shitomido , doors mairado , and shoji screens used to screen the exterior from the interior of the building, the views of the garden were dramatically altered over time, which influenced the design of the garden.