International Seminar Touristic Territories

“Tourism imagery and the construction of contemporary landscape”

Organized by: Research Group Architecture and Territory

Dir.:  Nadia Fava , Marisa García Vergara

University of Girona.

Girona, 23-24-25 January 2014.

Presentation

The seminar’s goal is to analyze the impact of tourism on the transformation of cities and territory. Tourism is a phenomenon that connects and addresses architectural and urban planning discourses and social and cultural policies regarding the methods of constructing tourism-related imagery. This imagery is created through multiple intervention strategies, multidisciplinary discourses and practices that project and construct myths, desires, and utopias related to implicit or explicit realities.

Since the second half of the 19th century, architecture and urban planning have promoted projects, discourses and methods to elaborate icons with which to feed the potent machine of mass illusions promoted by the new modern industries run by large national economies. Architectural works and urban projects that have become city symbols, artistic works that allude or make references to the city, literary or cinematographic works, novels and short stories or guide books that recreate urban scenes, urban project reports or institutional discourses, policies that construct the modern city between myths, dreams and reality. This process, however, has never been as evident as it is now. Since the 1960s, numerous studies have investigated this phenomenon. These sessions are aimed at evaluating the impact that tourism imagery, its infrastructures and the architecture resulting from it have had on the formation of modern territory.

Key issues

  • Urban, territorial or sectorial policies referring to tourism: areas of definition and their relation to and impact on the urban, rural and coastal territory.
  • Architectural and natural public heritage processes: policies, models and reflection regarding specific cases.
  • Architectural typologies related to the tourism phenomenon and tourism urbanization models, as well as their influence on urban policies.
  • Modern urban planning models: reflection and real impact in the spatial organization of the territory caused by tourism.
  • The images and models of the tourism phenomenon as a reflection of a city project

Preliminar Proceedings

Preliminar Proceedings International Seminar

Touristic Territories: Tourism imagery and the construction of contemporary landscape.

Nadia Fava and Marisa García Vergara (dir.)

Edita: Viguera Editores, Barcelona 

ISBN: 978-84-92931-37-8

Universitat de Girona, 2014

Tapa Actas 1

Download:  Preliminar Proceedings

Touristic Territories

El seminario propone indagar el impacto del turismo en las transformaciones físicas de la ciudad y el territorio, un fenómeno que relaciona y manifiesta los discursos de los arquitectos, urbanistas y las políticas sociales y culturales sobre las modalidades de construcción de la imagen turística. Una imagen construida mediante estrategias de intervención múltiple, discursos y prácticas multidisciplinares que proyectan y construyen mitos, deseos y utopías que se relacionan con realidades implícitas o explícitas. Desde la segunda mitad del siglo XIX, la arquitectura y el urbanismo han difundido proyectos, discursos y métodos para elaborar los iconos con los que alimentar la potente máquina de las ilusiones de masas que ha promovido la nueva industria moderna de las grandes economías nacionales. Obras arquitectónicas y proyectos urbanos convertidos en símbolos de las ciudades, obras artísticas que aluden o hacen referencia a la ciudad, obras literarias o cinematográficas, novelas y relatos o guías turísticas que recrean escenas urbanas, las memorias de los proyectos o los discursos institucionales, políticas que forjan la ciudad moderna entre mitos, sueños y realidad. Sin embargo, este proceso nunca ha sido tan evidente como en la contemporaneidad. Desde los años noventa, se han dedicado numerosos estudios a indagar en este fenómeno. Estas jornadas apuntan a una valoración del impacto que el imaginario del turismo, sus infraestructuras y las arquitecturas derivadas del mismo, han supuesto en la formación del territorio moderno.

Territoris del Turisme: l'imaginari turístic i la construcció del paisatge contemporani