[Local events] Monday, 6/16: Lecture on Japanese garden design

David Abel passages at rdrop.com
Sun Jun 8 14:02:57 PDT 2008

Portland Japanese Garden and Pacific Northwest College of Art present

Shiro Nakane

"Honoring the Past and Envisioning the Future of Landscape Architecture"

Monday, June 16

Swiegert Commons

Free and Open to the Public

 From the classical beauty of Katsura 
<http://sankan.kunaicho.go.jp/english/guide/katsura.html> Imperial Villa 
to the Tenshin-en 
garden of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, landscape architect Shiro 
Nakane understands both the value of tradition and the importance of 
living your moment in history. The son of the late Kinsaku Nakane, 
arguably the most important traditional Japanese landscape designer of 
the 20th century, Shiro Nakane worked at his father's side for more than 
30 years. As the current head of Nakane & Associates 
<http://www.lares.dti.ne.jp/%7Enakane/>, Japan's leading garden research 
and landscape consulting firm, Mr. Nakane is in charge of the 
restoration of some of Japan's most prestigious traditional gardens. He 
is also actively involved in creating new spaces that challenge the 
conventions of the past, while bowing to the hard-earned lessons of more 
than a thousand years of Japanese garden design history.

Speaking to the challenges of simultaneously preserving and creating 
gardens, Nakane will discuss:

    * The gradual changes (through photographic records) that occur to a
      garden's aesthetic over a 50-year period.
    * The preservation of garden construction techniques, using examples
      from the restoration of old gardens.
    * Modern methods and the problems with today's gardens 50-100 years
      from now.
    * The attempt to revitalize traditional methods and concepts through
      contemporary garden design.

A collaboration between the Portland Japanese Garden and the Pacific 
Northwest College of Art, this event is part of PNCA's groundbreaking 
Idea Studio lecture series of visiting artists from around the world. 
Nakane's lecture will appeal to artists, designers, architects, and 
landscape designers—to anyone who confronts the relationship between the 
traditions and techniques of the past vs. the challenges of the present 
and responsibilities to the future in evolving works of art.

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