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Architecture and tourism : perception, - D. Medina (ed) Lasansky

Architecture and tourism


Hardcover Published: 1st November 2004
ISBN: 9781859737040
Number Of Pages: 296

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With a Foreword by Davydd J. Greenwood. 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.

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Spectacle, pilgrimage, history, myth, vision of the future - all these realms come together in Architecture and Tourism, as they do in our personal travels and in national policies around the world. over the past three hundred years, tourism has become an essential element of western architecture. Gwendolyn Wright, Professor of Architecture, Columbia University Lasanky and McLaren's comprehensive collection explores the historical dimensions of tourism, showing how it has always been intimately connected with matters of architecture, urbanism and space. At once insightful and informative, Architecture and Tourism is an important contribution to our understanding of this pervasive global phenomenon. Iain Borden, Professor of Architecture and Urban Culture, UCL A provocative series of essays about the interrelations between the designed environment and tourist practices. With a rich and diverse range of examples, the contributors place an insightful emphasis on the agency of both architects and tourists in the construction of spectacles well worth visiting, whether on the Grand Tour or postmodern Bilbao, Old Habana or Las Vegas. Jeremy MacClancy, Oxford Brookes University

List of Figuresp. vii
Notes on Contributorsp. xi
Forewordp. xv
Introductionp. 1
Defining a Canon and a Mode of Perception
Reproduction, Fragmentation, and Collection: Rome and the Origin of Souvenirsp. 15
Early Travelers in Greece and the Invention of Medieval Architectural Historyp. 37
Performing Abroad: British Tourists in Italy and their Practices, 1840-1914p. 53
Politics of Pilgrimage
From Tripoli to Ghadames: Architecture and the Tourist Experience of Local Culture in Italian Colonial Libyap. 75
A Pilgrimage to the Alcazar of Toledo: Ritual, Tourism and Propaganda in Franco's Spainp. 93
Authenticating Dungeons, Whitewashing Castles: The Former Sites of the Slave Trade on the Ghanaian Coastp. 109
Packaging Place
From Photographic Fragments to Architectural Illusions at the 1929 Poble Espanyol in Barcelonap. 129
Simulating France, Seducing the World: The Regional Center at the 1937 Paris Expositionp. 147
Tourist Geographies: Remapping Old Havanap. 165
Sweetening Colonialism: A Mauritian Themed Resortp. 189
Doing it Right: Postwar Honeymoon Resorts in the Pocono Mountainsp. 207
The Postmodern Imagination
New Politics of the Spectacle: "Bilbao" and the Global Imaginationp. 227
Egypt on Steroids: Luxor Las Vegas and Postmodern Orientalismp. 241
Indexp. 265
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ISBN: 9781859737040
ISBN-10: 1859737048
Audience: BAC
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 1st November 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.58
Edition Number: 1