City Policy and the Conflicts
Brumann, C., & Schulz, E. (2012). Urban Spaces in Japan: Cultural and Social Perspectives. Routledge.
The book is mainly about the different policies of building and controls of urban space in Japan in relation to the conflicts in cultural, economic and social point of views. The conflicts can be seen between the policy and the citizen as well as existing buildings under the old policy. In the chapter of Re-unitung a divided city – High-rises, conflict and urban space in central Kyoto by Christoph Brumann, the author is focusing specifically on the different urban policies of Kyoto in the past three decades in relation to how each step contributed to the current stage of the city planning and the image of the city. For example, though this book we can understand the reason why high-rise buildings seems to be located along the highways but in some cases there are tall buildings in the middle of a grid zone as well. He also mentions events such as citizen protests or related examples of cities other than Kyoto to provide a full story and better understanding of different moves in each period and ultimately helps to shape the city of Kyoto nowadays. In addition, it also includes author’s opinions or criticisms about the impacts based on the policies made in the whole timeline such as how high-rise buildings are blocking the views from the street to the mountain as well as how the buildings that were built under the previous policy conflicts with the new one.