“Calming visual spaces: learning from Kyoto Zen gardens” by Lyons, Tonder, Shortreed and Tetsutani

  • ©Michael J. Lyons, Gert J. Van Tonder, Ian Shortreed, and Nobuji Tetsutani

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    Calming visual spaces: learning from Kyoto Zen gardens

Session/Category Title:   Calm Places


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    Zen gardens exhibit sophisticated visual designs achieved with minimal compositions and engender a calm, contemplative atmosphere. Here we use perceptual models to study Zen garden design with the aim of discovering guidelines for the creation of calm visual spaces.

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    1. Shortreed, I. 2001. Kyoto Gardens: A virtual stroll through Zen landscapes. Mercury Software CD-ROM.


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