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Art & Culture of Chinese Private Gardens


Through analysis and comparison of the imperial and scholar gardens, this module introduces the aesthetics and functions of traditional Chinese gardens, and explores the influence of Chinese philosophy, landscape painting and Feng-shui in garden making. The “mountain and water,” plants, and architectural elements are introduced, as well as the famous legends, stories, and myths embedded in traditional Chinese garden design. Lectures accompanied with slide-shows bring students into the magnificent Imperial gardens in Xi’an, Beijing and Nanjing, and the beautiful scholar gardens in Suzhou, Hangzhou, and Shanghai. There are two take-home assignments, an optional field trip, and a final project: a research paper or a design project for the history or the design track students, respectively.

Credits 1.5 Credits
Prerequisites * None.
Co-Requisites None.


* Prerequisites listed are for onsite degree programs only.  For questions regarding prerequisites for Professional & Continuing Education, The Sustainable Design Institute or The Landscape Institute please call the office at 617-585-0101 or email pce@the-bac.edu. For questions regarding prerequisites for the Distance track Master of Architecture please call 617-585-0390 or email dmarch@the-bac.edu. If you are looking at the course page of a 4000 series course, the prerequisites listed on the page do apply to you.

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