The rivers that flow through the Kyoto basin surrounded by mountains to the north, east and west nurtured the culture and history of Heian-kyo and have served as an axis for viewing the scenery.
Parallel with these rivers formed by the region’s topography, the urban landscape of Kyoto today has been shaped by its history of man-made water utilization and flood management, such as the canals constructed for transporting things, supplying water to agriculture or industry, securing water, and power generation. Kyoto also has many water wells, which form a kind of giant water jug underneath the basin of the city, storing water estimated to be equivalent to 80% of Lake Biwa. We want to reveal the landscape of the city that was buried by modern urban planning while also highlighting the iconic rivers that flow through Kyoto and the subterranean drainage systems as well as their ecosystems and infrastructure.
We will present a new way of looking at the landscape for people visiting Kyoto by adding short captions to the landscapes revealed through our research into the river systems from the following three perspectives
1 ) Topography
Shows the features of the terrain and greatly influences the climate and the flow of surface water
Vegetation and the activities of living creatures other than humans along the river systems
The base that underpins our lives as well as the structure that arises from man-made flood control and water utilization
These landscapes paired with the captions visualize the everyday things that we ordinarily pay no attention to or normally almost never notice, in the hope that they will become a guideline suggesting new ways to use the community as well as consideration for the land that encompasses the city’s topography, ecosystems and infrastructure.