Overtourism Dystopias and Socialist Utopias: Towards an Urban Armature for Dubrovnik
Taylor and Francis
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The recent discourse on overtourism and anti-tourist attitudes has opened up the space to reimagine tourism development and planning. Employing an interdisciplinary approach we combined research by design methodology and rapid ethnography in order to problematise Dubrovnik’s overtourism. The research turned for inspiration to the ex-Yugoslavian resorts and integrated planning. The paper advocates a praxical, socially informed and environmentally aware perspective and proposes interventions that oﬀer the potential of practical applications in Dubrovnik’s urban planning. Focusing on the need for connectivity and continuity the interventions address issues of segregation and marginalisation of local groups, such as students and seasonal workers. Inspired by the utopian ideals of socialist resorts, the research developed an urban armature that aims to connect the diﬀerent parts of the old and modern city, reclaim tourist spaces for locals, and create open spaces in local areas.
Tourism Planning & Development;
Panayiotopoulos, A. and Pisano, C. (2019) 'Overtourism Dystopias and Socialist Utopias: Towards an Urban Armature for Dubrovnik', Tourism Planning & Development. DOI: 10.1080/21568316.2019.1569123.
Article published in Tourism Planning & Development on 24 January 2019 (online), available at: https://doi.org/10.1080/21568316.2019.1569123.
Cardiff Metropolitan University (Grant ID: Cardiff Metropolian (Internal))