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Visionary landscapes : Japanese garden design in North America the work of five contemporary masters / Kendall H. Brown ; photography by David Cobb.

By: Brown, Kendall H [author.].
Contributor(s): Cobb, David M [photographer.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: North Clarendon, VT : Tuttle Publishing, [2017]Copyright date: �2017Description: 128 pages : color illustrations ; 23 x 28 cm.Content type: text | still image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9784805313862; 4805313862.Other title: Japanese garden design in North America the work of five contemporary masters.Subject(s): Gardens, Japanese | Landscape design -- North America -- Japanese influences | Landscape architects -- North America | Gardens, Japanese | Landscape architects | North AmericaDDC classification: 712.0952
Contents:
H�oichi Kurisu -- Takeo Uesugi -- David Slawson -- Shin Abe -- Marc Peter Keane.
Summary: "Japanese gardens are found throughout the world their unique forms now considered a universal art form. This stunning Japanese gardening book examines the work of five leading landscape architects in North America who are exploring the extraordinary power of Japanese-style garden design to create an immersive experience promoting personal and social well-being. Master garden designers Hoichi Kurisu, Takeo Uesugi, David Slawson, Shin Abe, and Marc Keane, have each interpreted the style and meaning of the Japanese garden in unique ways in their innovative designs for private, commercial, and public spaces. Several recent Japanese-style gardens by each designer are featured in this book with detailed descriptions and sumptuous colour photos. Hoichi Kurisu transformative spaces for spiritual and physical equilibrium. Takeo Uesugi bright, flowing gardens that evoke joyful living. David Slawson evocations of native place that fuse with the surrounding landscape. Shin Abe dynamically balanced 'visual stories' that produce meaning and comfort. Marc Keane reflections on human connections with nature through the art of gardens. Also included are essays on the designers and mini-essays by them about gardens in Japan which have most inspired their work, as well as commentaries by patrons and visitors to their North American gardens. The book focuses on recently-created gardens to suggest how the art form is currently evolving, and to understand how Japanese garden design principles and practices are being adapted to suit the needs and ways of people living and working outside Japan today"-- Cover.
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Japanese gardens are found throughout the world today--their unique forms now considered a universal art form. This stunning Japanese gardening book examines the work of five leading landscape architects in North America who are exploring the extraordinary power of Japanese-style garden design to create an immersive experience promoting personal and social well-being.

Master garden designers Hoichi Kurisu, Takeo Uesugi, David Slawson, Shin Abe and Marc Keane have each interpreted the style and meaning of the Japanese garden in unique ways in their innovative designs for private, commercial and public spaces. Several recent Japanese-style gardens by each designer are featured in this book with detailed descriptions and sumptuous color photos.
Hoichi Kurisu--transformative spaces for spiritual and physical equilibrium. Takeo Uesugi--bright, flowing gardens that evoke joyful living. David Slawson--evocations of native place that fuse with the surrounding landscape. Shin Abe--dynamically balanced "visual stories" that produce meaning and comfort. Marc Keane--reflections on human connections with nature through the art of gardens.
Also included are essays on the designers and mini-essays by them about gardens in Japan which have most inspired their work, as well as commentaries by patrons and visitors to their North American gardens.

The book focuses on recently-created gardens to suggest how the art form is currently evolving, and to understand how Japanese garden design principles and practices are being adapted to suit the needs and ways of people living and working outside Japan today.

Includes bibliographical references.

H�oichi Kurisu -- Takeo Uesugi -- David Slawson -- Shin Abe -- Marc Peter Keane.

"Japanese gardens are found throughout the world their unique forms now considered a universal art form. This stunning Japanese gardening book examines the work of five leading landscape architects in North America who are exploring the extraordinary power of Japanese-style garden design to create an immersive experience promoting personal and social well-being. Master garden designers Hoichi Kurisu, Takeo Uesugi, David Slawson, Shin Abe, and Marc Keane, have each interpreted the style and meaning of the Japanese garden in unique ways in their innovative designs for private, commercial, and public spaces. Several recent Japanese-style gardens by each designer are featured in this book with detailed descriptions and sumptuous colour photos. Hoichi Kurisu transformative spaces for spiritual and physical equilibrium. Takeo Uesugi bright, flowing gardens that evoke joyful living. David Slawson evocations of native place that fuse with the surrounding landscape. Shin Abe dynamically balanced 'visual stories' that produce meaning and comfort. Marc Keane reflections on human connections with nature through the art of gardens. Also included are essays on the designers and mini-essays by them about gardens in Japan which have most inspired their work, as well as commentaries by patrons and visitors to their North American gardens. The book focuses on recently-created gardens to suggest how the art form is currently evolving, and to understand how Japanese garden design principles and practices are being adapted to suit the needs and ways of people living and working outside Japan today"-- Cover.

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In this work, the landscape designs, inspired by Japanese-style gardens, of five leading architects are described and analyzed. Each chapter is devoted to the work of an architect. In the introduction, Brown (Asian art history, California State Univ., Long Beach) gives a historical setting for the Western interest in Japanese-style gardens and discusses how that interest culturally and socially relates to modern life. Concepts such as contemplation, harmony, dynamic balance, imaginary vision, and sensory experience are part of this discussion. Each chapter begins with a brief summary of the essence of garden sensibility and the philosophy of the designer, whose work is then documented in the text and in elegant photographs. Outstanding examples of their work--private, commercial, and public--are described. Brief owners' responses to living with their gardens are part of the presentations, giving support to the idea of the power of Japanese-style gardens to promote personal and social well-being. From the photographs alone, one can acquire inspiration and an appreciation for the modern-day significance of this universal art form. Summing Up: Recommended. All readers. --Leroy G. Kavaljian, California State University, Sacramento