AR-506 / 3 crédits

Enseignant: Vogel Chevroulet Irène Elizabeth

Langue: Anglais


This course focuses on the circulation of the imaginary between cultures. It shows how major Western architects, landscape designers, painters and sculptors have been inserting sustainable architectural and landscape Japanese devices and notions into their designs since the 19th century.



Sustainability, interculturality, innovation, architecture, garden, landscape, public space, Shinto, Zen

Learning Prerequisites

Recommended courses

Japon contemporain BA5

Contemporary Japan MA1-MA2

Important concepts to start the course

Sustainability in architecture and landscape design

Modes of use of an architectural and landscape device: citation, replica, adaptation, abstraction

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

  • Create a sustainable design based on a device or notion
  • Transpose a device or notion from a Japanese pre-modern context into a contemporary context
  • Compose traditional wood and stone devices with innovative contemporary design methods
  • Argue the viability of her/his proposal

Transversal skills

  • Demonstrate a capacity for creativity.
  • Access and evaluate appropriate sources of information.
  • Take responsibility for environmental impacts of her/ his actions and decisions.
  • Demonstrate the capacity for critical thinking

Teaching methods

Lecture and discussion + proposal supervision

Expected student activities

Students are expected to attend all lectures.

When provided, course readings must be completed before the lecture, to ensure comprehension and facilitate discussion.

Students are encouraged to prepare questions and discuss them in class after the lecture.

Students are expected to become specialists of one device or notion.

Students will write, illustrate and present a proposal for a Japanese architectural / landscape device or notion developing its potential for a sustainable project.

For the workshop - if the number of students allows it-, students will discuss their proposal.

Assessment methods

Analysis of a device or notion showing its potential for sustainability : maximum significance with minimum text and illustration. (Max 500 words illustrated in the most appropriate manner: students choose between sketches, axonometry, perspective, collage, plans or scale model)

Preliminary proposal: 50% of the grade

Final proposal: 50% of the grade




Office hours Yes



These general readings are complemented by articles and other references available on the moodle for each device and notion addressed.

Deanna MacDonald: Eco living Japan Sustainable ideas for living green Tuttle, 2015

Kazuo Nishi, Kazuo Hozumi: What is Japanese Architecture? Kodansha, 1997

William H. Coaldrake:Tools and Japanese architecture The way of the carpenter, Weatherhill. 1990

Josiah Conder: Landscape Gardening in Japan. Leyy & Walsh, 1893

Marc Treib: A Guide to the Gardens of Kyoto. Kodansha, 2018

Philippe Bonnin : Vocabulaire de la spatialité japonaise. CNRS, 2014

Benoît Jaquet : Le charpentier et l'architecte. PPUR, 2019

Irène Vogel Chevroulet La création d'une japonité moderne. EUE, 2010


Ressources en bibliothèque

Moodle Link

Dans les plans d'études

  • Semestre: Printemps
  • Forme de l'examen: Pendant le semestre (session d'été)
  • Matière examinée: Sustainable Japanese architecture and landscape
  • Cours: 2 Heure(s) hebdo x 12 semaines
  • Semestre: Printemps
  • Forme de l'examen: Pendant le semestre (session d'été)
  • Matière examinée: Sustainable Japanese architecture and landscape
  • Cours: 2 Heure(s) hebdo x 12 semaines

Semaine de référence

8-9  INM202  

Mercredi, 8h - 10h: Cours INM202

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