On Chinese Gardens

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 5/14/2009
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster

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Written by one of the preeminent scholars in the field of garden history, On Chinese Gardensis a fascinating look into various aspects of traditional Chinese garden design and culture. The authorís elegant text provides both the garden enthusiast and specialist with an accessible introduction to the essentials of traditional Chinese garden design and historic landscape restoration, as well as a scholarly view of this great tradition. Beautiful photographs accompany essays throughout the book.

Author Biography

Chen Congzhou (1918-2000), Professor of Architecture at Tongji University, Shanghai, was the leading Chinese garden historian of his generation and a practicing landscape architect involved in the restoration of historic gardens. He served as an advisor to I. M. Pei & Associates. Many consider Congzhou one of the most preeminent thinkers and scholars in his field.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 5
Translation of Garden Namesp. 10
Implicitness and Appropriatenessp. 13
Garden Compositionp. 51
Restoration and Renovationp. 81
The Natural and the Cultivatedp. 119
Motion and Stillnessp. 147
Author's Postscriptp. 171
Index of Photographs and Illustrationsp. 172
Dynasties in Chinese Historyp. 176
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