Architecture & Tourism

Course contents
  • The seminar be divided into three parts and will give an insight into architecture and its influence on our society, the perception of our environment, our behaviour and its relationship to social and economic issues in our society. The seminar will include informative as well as participatory elements, where students will take an active role during the lessons. We will undertake a small excursion to Innsbruck where we try to experience and understand the city in a more elaborate way.

    Part 1: Is there more to it? - The influence of architecture and design on our society and how the image of architecture is being used by tourism.
    We will start with a series of questions, trying to find our own views, attitudes and positions towards architecture and design.
    What is design? Where do we meet design? How is design generated? Is architecture the same thing as design? What does the sentence "form follows function" mean? Is there something beyond? Why is design necessary? What is architecture good for?
    We will talk about the "decorated shed" and we will be "Learning from Las Vegas". We will try to get beyond superficiality. We will analyse the connection between image and content and try to understand how new ways in tourism lead to new ways in architecture and design. Or is it the other way around?

    Part 2: The meaning of aesthetics in tourism - learning from history to design the future. A new and innovative connection between tourism and architecture in the spotlight of social and economic change.
    Again, we will try to discuss the question, how the change in our own contemporary epistemic perception of society might also have changed the self-understanding of tourism. Can this change be seen in architecture? We will also envision, where this journey is going to take us, what kind of new developments will happen in the near future. Alpine tourism will show us the fine borderlines between authenticity and cliché. World exhibitions and Expos show how design and architecture will lead us to a new and sustainable understanding of tourism.

    Part 3: Exploring the city we live in. On our one day excursion to Innsbruck we will get to know the city from its architectural side, learn about history, design, innovation, important buildings. But we will also explore and document elements and impressions of the city actively. Not like tourists following some guide like a herd of sheep, but as city users and as urban participants.