The New Zen Garden: Designing Quiet Spaces

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Kodansha International, May 14, 2004 - Architecture - 87 pages
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IN THE TRADITION OF JAPANESE TOUCH FOR YOUR GARDEN, THE PERFECT BOOK FOR CONTEMPOLATING A ZEN-STYLE GARDEN FOR HOME OR TOWNHOUSE, YARD OR BALCONY.

Japanese gardens are renowned for their serene and peaceful ambiance.The New Zen Gardenpresents the Japanese garden as it exists today, with all its traditional qualities joined to modern architecture and viewed from a modern perspective.

This book takes the concept introduced in the best-sellingJapanese Touch for Your Gardenand, focusing on the more contemplative gardens that are drawing greater and greater attention, blends it with a more practical approach.

Lavishly illustrated with many previously unpublished photographs and featuring the works of contemporary garden designers and landscape architects,The New Zen Gardenbegins with a brief introduction of the history of the Japanese garden and its spiritual roots. It then guides the reader through the basics of garden concepts, layout, and personal needs.

With a focus on small- and medium-size home gardens, author Joseph Cali introduces a visually explicit process in which anyone can conceive their own home garden, whether for a single-family residence or the balcony of an apartment or townhouse. Cali also includes a handful "spotlight sections" that feature guidance from prominent Japanese garden designers, each of whom steers the reader step-by-step through a specific building technique, including the making of textured clay walls, traditional stone walkways, and stone settings.

The New Zen Gardenprovides a wealth of information on designing a garden to harmonize with any home or private space. It is a provocative eye-opener both for the serious Japanese garden enthusiast and the weekend gardener.

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JOSEPH CALL was born and raised in New York City and graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Fine Art and Painting. He has lived and worked in Japan as an interior designer, graphic designer, copywriter, and illustrator for over twenty years. His work has appeared in numerous books and publications. He is the coauthor, with Azby Brown, of The Japanese Dream House.

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