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Transformation from historic cityscapes to urban tourismscapes: a discussion note

Myriam Jansen-Verbeke


The aim of this discussion note is to critically refl ect on the role of cultural resources in the current «transformation» or «metamorphosis» of historic cities. The links among history, heritage, and traditional habitat are being reinscribed into the urban landscape and this opens new perspectives for the revitalization of grass rooted economic activities. How can heritage conservation policies be integrated in a sustainable way into a local economic development model? Refl ections from a territorial point of view on heritage unavoidably refer to the paradoxes between conservation and preservation of the historic cityscape on the one hand and new urban dynamics on the other. The upcoming of a new cultural economy – of which tourism is one element – is an intrinsic aspect of the postmodern urban landscape. It is a major challenge for researchers and planners to understand how tourism is gradually reshaping historic cityscapes and how a web of tourism related agents, global and local, is designing the future of cities. The concept of «tourismscape» results from an actor network approach, and is introduced as an analytical research tool for this new urban reality.

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Rivista di Scienze del Turismo. Ambiente Cultura Diritto Economia
Registered by Tribunale di Milano (15/09/2008 n. 530)
Online ISSN 2037-7908 - Print ISSN 2037-7916

Executive Editor: Nicola Boccella - Associate Editor: Azzurra Rinaldi
Editorial Staff: Andrea Billi - Patrizia Laurano - Antonio Magliulo - Angelo Quarto
Editorial Board: Alberto Abruzzese (Iulm Milano), Victor Aquino (Universidade de São Paulo), Sergio Arzeni (Ocse), Piero Barucci (Università degli Studi di Firenze), Nicola Boccella (Sapienza Università di Roma), Michael Crang (Durham University), Anya Diekmann (Université Libre de Bruxelles), Renato Guarini (Sapienza Università di Roma), Roberto Grossi (Federculture), Han Yong Liang (Zhejiang University), Jorge Lozano (Universidad Complutense de Madrid), Michel Maffesoli (Université Paris-Sorbonne), Vanda Perretta (Sapienza Università di Roma), Marina Righetti (Sapienza Università di Roma), Azzurra Rinaldi (Unitelma - Sapienza Università di Roma), Irene Salerno (Sapienza Università di Roma), Pasquale Sandulli (Sapienza Università di Roma), Manuel Valenzuela (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)