Architecture and Tourism: Perception, Performance and Place

Architecture and Tourism: Perception, Performance and Place


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The past two centuries have witnessed an increase in the commodification of tourist sites across the world. Everything from historical monuments to exotic holiday destinations has been redesigned and packaged for mass consumption. As a result, the histories of specific sites have been re-conceptualized. Some have been preserved and celebrated, while others have been left to decay. In this process, buildings, cities and entire countries have been remapped by tourism initiatives to serve political, cultural, economic and scholarly goals. Considering these profound transformations, Architecture and Tourism examines the reciprocal relationship between the modern practice of tourism and the built environment. It shows how photography, film and souvenirs have been deployed to help mediate and mythologize specific sites. It also explores how tourist itineraries, behavior and literature are institutionalized for popular consumption in order to support larger cultural objectives. Drawing on case studies in Cuba, Ghana, Greece, France, Italy, Libya, Mauritius, Spain and the United States, Architecture and Tourism explores the touristic experience, representation and meaning of place within distinct cultural contexts. From the former sites of the slave trade on the Ghanaian coast to the urban renewal of Old Havana, from the honeymoon resorts in the Poconos to the postmodern spectacle of Bilbao, from the world's fairs of the 1930s to the colonialist encounters in Italian Libya, each chapter provides a provocative insight into the practice of tourism and the conception of place.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781859737095
Publisher: Berg Publishers
Publication date: 05/15/2004
Edition description: REV
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

D. Medina Lasansky is Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture at Cornell University.
Brian McLaren is Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture, University of Washington.

With a Foreword by Davydd J. Greenwood.

Table of Contents

Foreword—Davydd J. Greenwood * Reproduction, Fragmentation, and Collection: The Logics of Roman Souvenirs from Print to Plastic—Sarah Benson * Early Travellers in Greece and the Invention of Medieval Architectural History—Kostis Kourelis * Performing Abroad: British Tourists to Italy and the Production of Identity, 1840-1914—Jill Steward * From Tripoli to Ghadames: Architecture and the Tourist Experience of Local Culture in Italian Colonial Libya—Brian L. McLaren * A Pilgrimage to the Alcázar of Toledo: Ritual, Tourism and Propaganda in Franco's Spain, 1936-1940—Miriam Basilio * Authenticating Dungeons, Whitewashing Castles: Memory, Performance and Restoration at the Former Sites of Slave Trade in Ghana—Cheryl Finley * From Photographic Fragments to Architectural Illusions at the 1929 Poble Espanyol in Barcelona—Jordana Mendelson * Similating France, Seducing the World: The Regional Center at the 1937 Paris Exposition—Deborah D. Hurtt * Tourist Geographies: Re-mapping Old Havana—D. Medina Lasansky * Sweetening Colonialism: A Mauritian Themed Resort—Tim Edensor and Uma Kothari * Doing it Right: Post-war Honeymoon Resorts in the Pocono Mountains—Barbara Penner * New Politics of the Spectacle: Bilbao and the Global Imagination—Joan Ockman * Egypt on Steroids: Luxor, Las Vegas and Postmodern Orientalism—Jeffrey Cass

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