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This book is a thorough study on the Chinese spatial gardens. It places particular emphasis on urban context and highlights the unique contribution made by the Chinese garden to architectural spatial design. It examines the history and form of the private garden and the special relationship which existed between house and garden. A study of the novel The Dream of Red Mansions explores the intellectual fascination of the Chinese scholar with the art of the garden. Dr Johnston explores more than forty gardens (having studied most of them at first hand) and, using a wealth of photographs and drawings, makes a meticulous analysis of each. This investigation of gardens from the Han, Tan and Song dynasties includes the great classical tradition of Suzhou, private gardens from seven other Chinese cities, and the lesser-known vernacular garden tradition of small towns and villages.Read more
- Shows how the scholar gardens became the thinking man's garden.
- Describes how the gardens were carefully orchestrated to appeal directly to all the senses; texturesk perfume, movement, all play a part
- Superb photography with a sumptuous colour plate section
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- Date Published: November 1991
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521394772
- length: 351 pages
- dimensions: 252 x 190 x 23 mm
- weight: 1.055kg
- availability: Unavailable - out of print November 1995
Table of Contents
1. The stone record
2. The designers and builders of gardens
3. Design concepts and techniques
4. The Suzhou classical tradition
5. Gardens of the city dweller
6. The vernacular garden tradition
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