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We have now closed for applications for Kiyomizudera Design Charrette.

Access for All to the World Heritage


Since its founding in Kyoto in 778, the Kiyomizudera Temple has been an important religious and tourism destination. The spectacular long distance views from the overlook are enjoyed year-round in all of Kyotoís changing seasons. This beautiful landscape with views of Otowayama was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1994. Kiyomizudera is also famous for the long, seemingly endless, stone steps that lead to the Temple. Although climbing these steps is understood to be part of the traditional religious pilgrimage, the way-finding and climb are difficult for elderly visitors or persons with limited mobility, language or sight abilities. This design charrette will explore strategies for improving each visitorís experience, including access, interpretation and way-finding. The participants will learn about this important historical site of Kyoto, and how this same type of study could be applied to historically significant sites in other cities.


The goals of this charrette are to

  • Introduce this important historic resource to Conference participants
  • Learn what improvements the Temple managers would like to make to improve the visitorís experience
  • Identify the highlights of the visitorís experience
  • Use the varied resources, experience and abilities of the international participants to suggest ways visits to the Temple could be made more pleasurable, meaningful and accessible for all visitors
  • Document findings for sharing with participants and the Temple management


  • Meeting for introductions and background briefing
  • Site visit in small groups
  • Feedback Session
  • Working Sessions
  • Presentation at the end of the conference


Gathering, Site Visit and Feedback Session: October 21, 2006 (Sat.) 9:30 - 16:00
Working sessions during the Conference: to be announced
Presentation to the Conference by the Charrette organizers: October 25, 2006 (Wed.) 14:40 - 15:20


Yasaka Shrine (adjacent shrine to Kiyomizu Temple)

The detailed information such as time, exact gathering place and schedule of working sessions during the Conference will be announced later.


It announces properly for the conference period.


30 persons


Free to participate!
For those who do not registered for the conference, secretariat will issue the limited ID permitted only for the WS meetings and to the WS site, however the Congress Kit including program & CD-ROM are provided only for the conference registered participants.


October 25, 2006 (Thu.) 14:40 - 15:20


Application is now closed.


3,000 Japanese Yen (will be gathered at the site)
Included: Admission fee, contribution for temple, reference materials, site fee, etc
Not included: Transportation to the site, Lunch

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Note: Dates, venues, etc. are subject to change.