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The Japanese garden, like all gardens, is more than mere nature; it is nature crafted by man. It needs the hands of the designer to give it meaning. The Japanese garden belongs to the realm of architecture; at its best, it is nature as art. The phases of its history document the constant redefinition of man's position within and towards nature. Its changing forms respond both to socio-economic developments and to religious and philosophical trends, and thereby reflect the spiritual climate in which its architecture was conceived.

At the same time as detailing the characteristics distinguishing and differentiating each of the five major epochs in the history of the Japanese garden, the author identifies the common motif which underlies them all: the recurrent attempt to unite beauty as natural accident and beauty as human-perfected type, to achieve an aesthetic symbiosis between the seeming randomness of natural form and the strict geometry of the right angle.

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Günter Nitschke, born in Berlin, studied architecture (Germany), town planning (London), and classical and modern Japanese (Tokyo). He taught East Asian architecture and urbanism at Princeton and MIT for 18 years, more recently at UCLA and LA Pomona, and since 1987 at Kyoto Seika University. He is also Director of the Institute for East Asian Architecture and Urbanism in Kyoto. The exhibition "Japanese Gardens 2000" in Stuttgart was designed by him. His Floating Bridges of Dreams received First Prize in the 1998 International Urban Design Competition for a New Image of Kyoto in the 21st Century. He has also written numerous critical essays and books.

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Nitschke, Gunter
Nitschke, Gunter
Japanese Gardens - General
Japanese Gardens
Gardening-Asian Gardens
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