TALK: Katsura et ses jardins
© Katsura et ses jardins, un mythe de l’architecture japonaise - Philippe Bonnin
It is almost impossible not to be dazzled by the garden of the Katsura villa and the tea pavilions that line the central pond. Katsura was built in the 17th century by Prince Toshihito. It is the epitome of exceptional refinement with a beautiful architecture that is pure and unadorned. The reinterpretation of this extraordinary architecture by architects from the modern movement, at the beginning of the 20th century, has led to many misunderstandings. Philippe Bonnin offers the keys to fully understand this mythical, enigmatic work.
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Philippe Bonnin is an architect, anthropologist and director of research at the CNRS (Centre national de la recherche scientifique). He is the author of numerous articles and books on architecture, rural and urban housing, and space in both Japan and France. He is also the founder of Japarchi (scientific network of French-speaking researchers on architecture, the city and the landscape). One of his latest works, Le Vocabulaire de la spatialité japonaise (CNRS), was awarded the Grand Prix de l'Académie d'Architecture.