As 2017 year comes to a close, the AHBE LAB contributors are taking time to look back at our year’s worth of posts. We are each identifying the most memorable post and sharing what we found interesting, informative, and inspiring. Enjoy the flashback, and let us know which post you thought was most memorable.

Looking back at 2017, the AHBE Lab post I found most inspiring was authored by my colleague, Wendy Chan. Titled, Finding Peace and Serenity in Ittekikaitei – A Drop of Ocean Garden, the post is a thoughtful reminiscing about a visit to one of Japan’s dry landscape gardens resting just outside the Komyozenji Temple.

As an artist and someone who loves to explore new places, Japan has long been at the top of my list of places to visit. Reading about Wendy’s experience and photos, I felt momentarily felt immersed into another world – one filled with the peace, serenity, and calm thoughtfulness Japanese gardens are renowned for. Granted, looking at a photograph is nothing compared to a firsthand experience, but a picture is worth a thousand words. The picture below particularly caught my attention:

I am continually inspired and fascinated by the way Japanese designers accomplish their intended design using a limited palette of materials, a minimum amount of space, all carefully composed  to artfully frame the view. They demonstrate a clear artistry and mastery of their craft of placemaking. I’d like to continue learning how to skillfully compose designed landscapes in such a way to appropriately immerse people into the experience of the place, and transcend what is right in front of us.

The original post here: Finding Peace and Serenity in Ittekikaitei – A Drop of Ocean Garden

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