Ambiance, Tourism and the City – edited volume

Ambiance, Tourism and the City

Iñigo Sánchez-Fuarros, Daniel Paiva & Daniel Malet Calvo (eds.)

Routledge: Ambiances, Atmospheres and Sensory Experiences of Spaces Series (forthcoming, 2022)

Tourism-led regeneration projects have proliferated in cities across the globe in what some authors term a process of touristification. The production of urban ambiances catering to the tourist desire to experience the “authentic” and “real” life and culture of a city destination has played a significant role in this process. While this impact on urban transformation processes has gained widespread acknowledgement, little attention has been paid nonetheless to the specific role that atmospheric production plays in the (re)making of touristic places. How do tourism and city development affect the ambiances lived in the urban context? How do sensory experiences participate in creating particular urban ambiances and sites for tourist consumption? Furthermore, what is the role of atmospheric production in relation to the physical regeneration and marketing of contemporary tourist destinations? 

In this edited collection, we advocate a critical approach to the notion of urban ambiances as a means to interrogate the contemporary tourist city. Through a series of case studies spanning different geographic locations and fields of study, this volume approaches the impact of tourism on the urban environment with an emphasis on the notions of “ambience” and “atmosphere” as tools to explore the physical regeneration and sensory transformation of contemporary tourist cities. 

This collection sheds new light on how these atmospheres for touristic consumption are designed, staged and performed in different social and cultural contexts including Spain, Ireland, Colombia, USA, Chile, Vietnam, Slovenia, Mexico, Vietnam, and Malaysia. 


Ofer Gazit (Tel Aviv University, Israel), Elisa Bruttomesso (University of Padua, Italy), Nicola Di Croce (Università Iuav di Venezia, Italy), Jonathan Paquette (University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada), Sandi Abram (University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu), Maria Lindmäe (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain), Rachel Brahy (ULiège, Beligum), Luca Pattaroni (EPFL, Switzerland), William Trevor Jamerson and Anthony Kwame Harrison (Virginia Tech, USA),  Panizza Allmark (Edith Cowan University, Perth Australia), Yoni Collier (Leeds Beckett University, UK), Plácido Muñoz Morán (London School of Economics and Political Sciences, UK), Lisa Marie Beiswenger (The Ohio State University, USA), Natalia Bieletto-Bueno (Universidad Mayor, Chile), Pablo Arboleda (University of Glasgow, UK), Sebastian Wanumen (Boston University, USA), and Aileen Dillane (University of Limerick, Ireland)