Transformation of Kyoto grids

1865  japan_almanac_kyoto_panorama_1883

1865                                                           1883 

Grids in Kyoto were transformed in response to two time intervals and the study would specify the area around the Niji Castle.

Formerly a prolonged period of 20 years, dated from 1864 to 1883. According to the map of 1865, constructions could hardly be found around the castle. The reason could possibly be deduced from the outbreak of the Kinmon Incident in 1864. Warfare provoked had demolished vast constructions by that time. Therefore, it granted a chance for Kyoto to introduce densified grids to the ruins. Soon in 1868, Kyoto faced an unprecedented change which shifted its capital state to Tolko. In order to retain the competitiveness as a city, Kyoto implanted educational programmes to the grids, yet launched the first tramway of Japan. In addition, there was a paper mill built next to the river. Noted that Kyoto was constantly suffering from floods, it implied an advanced drainage system that stimulated commercial activities along the river.

1911_1  1914_1

1911                                              1914

Latter was a relatively short period of 4 years, dated from 1911 to 1914. The transformation in grids was still obvious assimilated by the changes in transportation system. In detail, the tramway immediately below the castle was shifted away from the heritage, Nijo Castle. It might entail the concept of preservation scheme that brought into practice in 1930. Moreover, the tramway was popularized and injected at a higher coverage across the grids. Therefore, these tramways had reshaped the grids, optimized the grids’ efficiency with clean cuts. It elevated the circulation of grids by the time of 1912. Besides, there was a diagonal cut slashed on the grid. Although the approach remained intriguing, the shape of grids was well adapted to this abrupt act. Based on these maps, they presented how Kyoto grids transformed according to key events within different time periods.



1 Comment on “Transformation of Kyoto grids

  1. It is very interesting to see new infrastructural system disturbing the historical fabric of a city with a very long history. Extending the historical documentation to why the city needed a tramway that cuts across the grid and what happened along the new traffic would give a larger picture of the reasons and outcome in the narratives.

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