Design proposal on controlling the historical city blocks influenced by mid to high-rise condominiums in the Central Districts of Kyoto, Japan

Katagata, Shinya (2005) Design proposal on controlling the historical city blocks influenced by mid to high-rise condominiums in the Central Districts of Kyoto, Japan. In: 15th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Monuments and sites in their setting - conserving cultural heritage in changing townscapes and landscapes’, 17 – 21 oct 2005, Xi'an, China. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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This paper reports the rushing constructions of private mid-to-high rise condominiums have caused the environmental influences on city blocks located in the central districts of Kyoto. It insists they are observed destructive to both townscapes of the streets and housing groups inside the historical blocks. The central districts consist of two kinds of city block patterns. One is square and the other is rectangular. They have contained traditional wooden framed city houses till recent years. 0n the contrary, those sites of city houses have been decreasing because of their demolishment and replacement to private mid-to-high rise condominiums mainly. But those city blocks have corresponded to the systematically grouped city houses. It must be noticed that the site layout plan of city house in the central districts inherits some culturally and practically important features characterized by the skilful combination of inner space of house with courtyard. First, this report mentions that the recent private developments have brought some destructive disorders in the traditional city block systems that should be preserved in order to survive city houses. Second, considering the results of questionnaires to the inhabitants and neighbors, it suggests some basic ideas that control those constructing activities in harmony with living spaces within a typical city block.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Authors:
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Katagata, ShinyaUNSPECIFIED
Languages: English
Keywords: city blocks; high-rise; town planning; local community; inhabitants; land use plan
Subjects: D.URBANISM > 02. Urban planning
D.URBANISM > 01. Generalities
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Kyoto, Japan
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2005, 15th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2010 17:30
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:15
URI: http://openarchive.icomos.org/id/eprint/385

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