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Design Intensive: With an Eye Towards Nature
Thursday, October 05, 2023 to Saturday, October 07, 2023
Category: Education Events

Design Intensive: With an Eye Towards Nature
Presented by the International Japanese Garden Training Center


Dates: October 5-7, 2023
Location: Portland Japanese Garden at 611 SW Kingston Ave. Portland, OR 97205
Who can apply: Design professionals, primarily landscape architects, landscape designers, and architects. Members of other design disciplines are welcome to apply.
Capacity: 10 participants
Tuition: $1,350
Instructors: Sadafumi Uchiyama, Chief Curator of Portland Japanese Garden and Director of the International Japanese Garden Training Center, and other guest instructors.

Key Dates:

  • Applications open August 9, 2023
  • Applications due on August 21, 2023
  • Applicants will be notified by August 25, 2023
  • Payment fulfilled by September 2, 2023

Pre-seminar study module: A required pre-seminar study module will be made available via e-mail by September 2, 2023, with readings and a short preparatory assignment to be completed and submitted by September 15, 2023.

Course Description: This three-day course provides 25 hours of theoretical and hands-on training in the Japanese approach to designing with nature and its modern use and application. Traditional techniques of arranging stone, plants, and water according to nature’s design principles are placed in historical perspective and given contemporary social context as tools for creating meaningful spaces that connect people to their environment. On-site thematic garden tours and lectures offer theoretical instruction in observing and analyzing composition and representations of nature in the garden.


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