Regenerative Tourism: Re-placing the Design of Ecotourism Facilities

By Ceridwen Owen.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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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.

Keywords: Regenerative Design, Tourism, Sustainability, Place, Architecture

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp.175-182. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 535.229KB).

Dr Ceridwen Owen

Lecturer, School of Architecture, University of Tasmania, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

Dr Ceridwen Owen is a lecturer in the School of Architecture at the University of Tasmania where she teaches design studio, technology and environmentally sustainable design (ESD). Her research interests encompass ecophilosophy in design, ecotourism, architectural pedagogy and the sociology of the profession of architecture. She has recently completed her PhD research at the University of Melbourne on the relationship between sustainability and the culture of architectural practice. She is also a registered practising architect in Victoria and Tasmania and a partner with Core Collective Architects.

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