Japanese Garden Design



Garden & Nature

Illlustrated Albums

Marc Peter Keane

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The creation of a Japanese garden combines a profound respect for nature with an adherence to certain basic principles of aesthetics and structure. In Japanese Garden Design, noted garden designer Marc Peter Keane explains the development and the application of traditional concepts and elements underlying all Japanese gardens.

Keane describes the multiple influences of Shinto, Confucian and Buddhist ideas linking poetry, art and philosophy with the remarkable experience of garden creation and enjoyment in Japanese culture. Creative inspiration is found in ancient Japanese precepts about nature; in the gardens of the Heian aristocracy; in the world-renowned Zen meditative rock gardens; in the intimate tea gardens and courtyard gardens of Kyoto; in the public stroll garden of Edo, and many other forms of garden expression.

Detailed explanations of the fundamental design concepts help the reader to to fully appreciate the meaning and intention of these various garden forms and all the principles still used today in designing a Japanese garden.

Marc Peter Keane

Marc Peter Keane, a landscape architect and a leading expert on Japanese garden design, focuses on gardens not only from an aesthetic point of view, but also (like poetry, sculpture and painting) as allegorical compositions. Over the past 20 years, he has designed and built numerous gardens for private residences, businesses and temples, ranging from a 1200-sq.-ft. tea garden to a 6-acre park. Keane's interest in historic preservation led to his creation of an award-winning master plan for the redesign of a historic district in Nagano, Japan. Omega Point, his installation for the 2000 Kyoto Arts Festival, won the Grand Prize that year. Keane is frequently asked to consult on the restoration of historic Japanese gardens outside Japan. His restoration of the Japanese garden at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden won an award from the New York Landmarks Conservancy in 2001. Most recently, he has been commissioned to undertake a proposed major renovation project for the Hammond Museum & Japanese Stroll Garden, North Salem, NY. Keane has been a lecturer in the Department of Environmental Design at Kyoto University of Art and Design, as well as chair of Kyoto Mitate International, an organization working to revitalize Kyoto's traditional environments and its unique cultural heritage. He also conducts lectures in Kyoto for American college students; runs an annual 2-week seminar in English on Japanese gardens; and lectures extensively throughout the United States, England and Japan. Keane is the author of The Japanese Tea Garden, The Art of Setting Stones and Japanese Garden Design (Tuttle Publishing, 2000). He is co-author (with Jiro Takei) of Sakuteiki: Visions of the Japanese Garden, (Tuttle, 2001). He has also published numerous articles and essays relating to Japanese gardens and preservation in Kyoto.
Agence Schweiger

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