The shift in attitude by city planners towards the tourist industry was prompted by the decline of long-established economic activities and the need of introducing the new ones. This urban dynamic has urged contemporary cities to find a mechanism of upgrading the image of the city through tourism, and the hope that the development of the industry would result in physical as well as social and economic revitalisation of the city. Apart from the‚ ‘‘Central place ‘‘paradigm that retains from the thesis of global interconnectedness as the tertiarization of the service economy in urban destinations, the dispute of localisation contributes strongly to the defining of modern urbanisation and the restructuring process. City destinations are keen to adapt to the new forces of globalisation with the references to the favoured attractions all around the world in which tourism, is paradoxically expressed in the language of the locality. As the result of such dichotomy between global and local, the ‘locality’ has emerged as a new dimension explored and commodified both by planners and industry practitioners.
The seminar therefore would like to suggest alternative concepts that introduce new trajectories, new politics and new policy approaches to enact a transition of hegemonic economy. Concept such as de-growth in urban tourism will be discussed during the semester to indicate multiple facets of place as the palimpsest of social relation and identities. These outcomes are not necessarily permanent, they are temporary in nature and thus constantly oppose the sense of permanence. The influence of local politics and global capital interferes social relation and may generates new spatial outcomes. Coming to the end of the discussion of tourism space definitions, its types, development cycle and transformation, we will be looking for appropriate methods allowing its empirical identification.
Recently, Covid-19 pandemic has impacted the way people travel and question the future of urban tourism and city planning in general. Students are invited to critically discuss how cities can function to cater such demand of travel and tourism by rethinking of the pedagogy of place and place making will help us pave the way toward a meaningful urban planning.
During the seminar, students will have:
A group presentation (virtual or offline) and lead a discussion with the rest of the class about the city they visited. The guidelines for the ‘’Group work’ will be discussed and distributed during the seminar.
Final Assessment to be submitted in the end of the semester: Report on the case studies.
Schedule: Every two weeks
Start date: 05.11.2020