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Regenerative Tourism - Re-placing the Design of Ecotourism Facilities


Owen, CM, Regenerative Tourism - Re-placing the Design of Ecotourism Facilities, The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability, 3, (2) pp. 175 - 181. ISSN 1832-2077 (2007) [Refereed Article]

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The term ‘regenerative’ has emerged in recent years to challenge perceived inadequacies inherent in the concept of sustainability predicated on restraint rather than restoration. The application of this ideal to the arena of tourism is both pertinent and problematic. This paper explores some of the challenges of relating these concepts. Specifically, it addresses the design of ecotourism facilities and the regenerative potential of interpretation and the construction of meaning through the built environment. Questions are raised over the uncritical positions in the ecotourism literature leading to a propensity for either ‘background architecture’ or a hyper-real representation of an idealised ‘nature’. The paper proposes a reconsideration of aesthetics and place as productive ground to contribute to the existing debate on regenerative design and argues that this is fundamental to the design of ecotourism facilities.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Regenerative Design, Tourism, Sustainability, Place, Architecture
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Architecture
Research Field:Architecture not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Construction
Objective Group:Other construction
Objective Field:Other construction not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Owen, CM (Associate Professor Ceridwen Owen)
ID Code:46833
Year Published:2007
Deposited By:Architecture
Deposited On:2007-08-01
Last Modified:2011-11-29
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