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The above map illustrates the preserved area of historic environment, largely located in suburban area surrounding the ancient Heian-kyo in a horseshoe layout. The scale of the area that was designated to buffer zone for historical property also reveals the emphasis of the authority in implementing strict control over heritage protection.
Laws and regulations applied to the special protection zones suggested a restriction on the architectural expressions within the areas. The measures urged for a single representation that all buildings conform to. Dominance of individual building to the collective scene would be avoided.
Reference: ”Protection of the “Buffer zone” of the world heritage site, “Historic monuments of ancient Kyoto” and the urban policy of the city of Kyoto”, Yuichi Ishikawa, 7th Seminar on the Conservation of Asian Cultural Heritage, Cultural Properties Preservation Section, Municipality of Kyoto, JAPAN, Tokyo National Research Institute of Cultural Properties, 1998.