Exhibition book


Travel is educational, a source of experiences and enjoyable. However, tourism also has a far-reaching impact on the built and social environment, and on the climate. How can we envisage a kind of tourism that does not destroy what it lives from?

Tourism has created added value, prosperity and cosmopolitanism to even the most remote regions, thus preventing emigration. On the downside, there are negative effects, such as crowds of people, the impact on the environment, and rising land prices. Tourist hotspots suffer from the onslaught of visitors while other places are left behind. Eight richly illustrated chapters engage with central aspects of tourism in the 21st century: mobility; urban and rural destinations; the relationship with agriculture; the privatisation of natural beauty; issues related to tourism planning; the changing structure of accommodation and the interaction between climate change and tourism. Above all, however, the publication looks at the potential for transformation. Local and international examples present pioneering solutions and stimulate the appetite for a type of holiday that is no longer exclusively based on consumption and the growth paradigm.

Edited by: Karoline Mayer, Katharina Ritter, Angelika Fitz and Architekturzentrum Wien

Authors: Linda Boukhris, Ana Gago, Maria Kapeller, Helga Kromp-Kolb, Kurt Luger, Karoline Mayer,
Arno Ritter, Katharina Ritter, Arthur Schindelegger