Control tools for conservation of historic townscape with citizens' strong property right: Experience of Kyoto

Yamasaki, Masafumi (2005) Control tools for conservation of historic townscape with citizens' strong property right: Experience of Kyoto. 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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Abstract (in English)

At the beginning of modern era, the Japan government gave citizens the right to deal with their properties including immovable properties; land and buildings. City planning laws allowed people to make enormous modern buildings in quite a wide aria of the town. It might be one of he reasons of quick modernization of Japan. Many important historic environments were destroyed or are still in critical situation on the other hand. Our conservation of historic townscape had to start with such conditions. Citizens’ right about immovable properties must be guaranteed as much as possible. Wooden houses of middle class citizens might happen to come to the stage of rebuilding. Two storied traditional buildings could be actually too small. To make the conservation rules and systems have been a work to find the balance between cultural values and modernization of the city. After all, conservation system of historic townscape in Kyoto selected the way to continue the character in some way with modern buildings, and to keep the traditional style in some selected districts, rather than preservation of buildings themselves.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Yamasaki, Masafumi
Languages: English
Keywords: townscape; legislation; legal protection; conservation of historic townscape; modern buildings; private owners
Subjects: D. URBANISM > 03. Town and country planning
K. LEGAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE ISSUES > 03. National/Regional legislations
E. CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 11. Legal protection and Administration
H. HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 12. Historic towns and villages
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: 26 Nov 2010 15:19
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:15

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