Kyoto City Landscape Policy 2007/ Cooperation at different Scales

Cooperation at different Scales

The 2007 Landscape Policy of Kyoto is only one of the many efforts in preserving the historic cityscape. The national government helped facilitate the policy by providing legal and financial aid to the local governments. Organizations have been established to provide support and educate the public. Smaller districts also have their own committees to address local issues from the bottom-up, involving the local residents. These schemes, all at different scales, create feedback loops that allow for effective communication and identification of the problems, which eventually contributed to the successful preservation of the historical cityscape.

From the Kyoto City 2011 Data Collection document, it is evident that the efforts have been successful and have resulted in a positive impact on the city aesthetic. It becomes even more apparent when we compare to a country like China. In 2011 China released the ‘Cultural Relics Protection Act’, aiming to preserve important cultural assets, especially those in Xian and Luoyang. Although the Central Government has the intent of preservation, the local governments are digging up the flaws and loopholes in the policy in order to pursue economic development [1]. This is resulting in a slow decline in the cultural heritages. Without the cooperation of different parties and a shared goal, the preservation acts of China are not reaching its full potential.


[1] 黃 婕. “古都文化再生—以日本京都為例“. The Sinological Research Society of East Asia. 2011, p46-357.

1 Comment on “Kyoto City Landscape Policy 2007/ Cooperation at different Scales

  1. It seems that the effort of the government in establishing these policies have to a large extent helped to maintain the historical buildings and thus the cultural characteristics and identity of Kyoto, especially those of the more vernacular scale.
    I find it interesting how Hong Kong has no such policy in place for the small scale urban heritage, but rather focuses only on prominent public buildings. Perhaps there is something we can all learn from the example of Kyoto.

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