The Co-Created Performing Artistic Space: The Urban Office Garden


One of the natural spaces closest to human living space is the garden, the outdoor space which could integrate natural energy of fire, wind, water, earth, and air into our daily life, directly enhance our holistic health of body, mind, and spirit. In some cultures, like Japanese Zen gardening, the garden space is the area of spiritual meaning, not only the recreation area. It is designed as performing artistic setting with symbolic meaning, requiring ritual performance when entering or interacting with it. However, in our fast-forwarded modern urban lifestyle, the garden areas are sometimes undervalued or neglected. This study aims to explore the garden space design with performing artistic method of interactive dance between human nature and natural elements. The qualitative research methods are used in the study. The two case studies of urban office gardens in Thailand are studied. The findings of the study have shown that the well-designed garden as the interactive dance of space between human and Nature could greatly enhance holistic health of the residents/users of gardens. The key factors of the design are symbols used in the gardens which are conducive to spiritual contemplation and human interaction with the gardens at the deep level of body and mind. The key factor of the interaction between and human and Nature is the quality of mutual deep listening and respect.

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Chollada Thongtawee, Silpakorn University, Thailand

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Conference: ACAH2016
Stream: Humanities - Aesthetics, Design

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