DUMBARTON OAKS COLLOQUIUM SERIES IN THE HISTORY OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
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Dumbarton Oaks Colloquium Series in the History of Landscape Architecture 30

Gardens and Imagination

Cultural History and Agency

Edited by Michel Conan

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$35.00 • £25.95 • €31.50

ISBN 9780884023357

Publication: November 2008

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From mirroring the true reality of God in Sufi Persia to the enjoyment of fictitious identities in Rome or present-day Granada, the ways of imagination in gardens are infinitely varied. This book explores how gardens could be imagined, and also how they could be used to trigger the imagination by very different cultures in Japan, China, Russia, the Ottoman Empire, Italy, Spain, and Israel. This multicultural approach reveals surprising features of the process of imagining a garden: the various aspects of the world that gardens may mirror, the role of cultural changes, and the unsuspected links between garden materiality, practices, and imagination. It reveals how garden imagination is fraught with ambiguities that give a sense of freedom to garden users but may entrap their thoughts within frames specific to each culture.