The Zen of Folding: Origami and Japanese Design

Wednesday, April 8, 2014
Free and open to all; bring your lunch.

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1.5  CES LUs

It’s cherry blossom time!  For two weekends in April, the annual Cherry Blossom Festival in San Francisco’s Japantown will celebrate Japanese art and culture, and what better time for another presentation by chapter member Peter Engel, AIA on origami and architecture.

Ginkakuji Temple

In this presentation, Engel will showcase his origami and architectural designs, show photos of magnificent gardens, Buddhist temples, and contemporary art museums, and illuminate the ways Japanese aesthetics have influenced his own design work. After the talk, he will teach a fun origami design.

About the Presenter

Peter Engel, AIA, Engel ArchitecturePeter is both an architect and an internationally recognized origami artist. Deeply influenced by the minimalist arts of calligraphy, brush painting, and Zen garden design, Peter has created over a hundred original origami designs over four decades. He recently returned from a lecture tour of Japan reinspired by Japanese art and architecture. Peter has written and illustrated three books and shown his origami and sculpture at the Asian Art Museum, the de Young Museum, Tokyo University, SeianUniversity of Art and Design in Japan, and numerous other art museums and galleries. Engel’s award-winning architectural practice in Berkeley includes schools, affordable housing, single-family residences, a dog daycare in San Francisco, and a peace center in Sri Lanka.

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