Sogetsu Ikebana and the Fundamental Energy of Plants

Ikebana, the traditional Japanese art of flower arrangement, has a 600 year history.  It began when the practice of offering small flower arrangements to Buddhist shrines were taken out of the religious context.  It originally developed as an art to enjoy nature, bringing flowers into the Japanese home.  Today, in this age of information technology, ikebana …

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Urban Design and the Art of Camouflage

Design in urban areas has really improved over the years.  Today, there are visible signs of the extra steps they have taken to beautify the city.  One of the things I really appreciate is how they have begun to camouflage unsightly utility and mechanical boxes in public spaces.    Usually, on the sides of streets and roads, we often see …

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