Enhancing the City

New Perspectives for Tourism and Leisure

  • Giovanni Maciocco
  • Silvia Serreli

Part of the Urban and Landscape Perspectives book series (URBANLAND, volume 6)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. Enhancing the City: New Perspectives for Tourism and Leisure

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Giovanni Maciocco, Silvia Serreli
      Pages 1-15
  3. Leisure and Construction of Urban Consciousness

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Giovanni Maciocco
      Pages 19-43
    3. Bruce Hayllar, Tony Griffin
      Pages 65-81
  4. Authentic Places, Simulacrum Places

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Silvano Tagliagambe
      Pages 85-106
  5. Creative Places and Cultural Matrices of the City

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 133-133
    2. Eric de Noronha Vaz, Peter Nijkamp
      Pages 155-177
  6. Leisure and Privatisation of Public Space

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 179-179
    2. Xavier Costa
      Pages 181-185
    3. Laura Lutzoni
      Pages 187-204
  7. Urban Tourism and Hybrid Spaces

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 205-205
    2. Gregory Ashworth
      Pages 207-220
  8. Urban Populations and Rights of Citizenship

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 275-275
    2. Arnaldo Cecchini
      Pages 277-312
    3. Daniela Ciaffi, Alfredo Mela
      Pages 313-332
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 361-369

About this book


Departing from a survey on the post-modern landscapes of tourism, this book explores the transformations the city has undergone and the way it has become a simulacrum offered to tourists, spectacularised with the aim of increasing its capacity for attraction. The experiences dealt with in the papers of authors belonging to different disciplinary fields, emphasise the city’s tendencies to create "stage-set contexts" of the private type, be it historic quarters, theme parks or hypermarkets. Issues like aestheticisation, thematisation and genericity are dealt with, conceptual categories that highlight the weak resistance cities put up against the rules of the leisure industry and, more generally speaking, the consumer economy.

The book inquires into the capacity of the urban and territorial project to construct a perspective for a public dimension of space. This is linked with ethical action of the project involving an active relationship with places and a capacity to understand the dynamics of different urban populations. In this sense capacity for innovation and creativity can contribute to transforming "islands" of leisure into places of the city and consumers into citizens.

Giovanni MACIOCCO obtained a degree in Engineering at the University of Pisa and in Architecture at the University of Florence. He is Full Professor of Town and Regional Planning, Director of the Department of Architecture and Planning and Dean of the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Sassari. His works include: Les lieux de l'eau et de la terre, (Lybra Immagine, 1998); Wastelands (Dedalo, 2000); Il progetto ambientale nelle aree di bordo, with Pittaluga P. (FrancoAngeli, 2006), Fundamental Trends in City Development (Springer, 2008), Urban Landscape Perspectives (Ed.) (Springer, 2008), The Territorial Future of the City (Ed.) (Springer, 2008), People and Space. New Forms of Interaction in City Project (Springer, 2009); Il potenziale urbano dei territori esterni with Sanna G. and Serreli S. (Eds.) (FrancoAngeli, 2009).

Silvia SERRELI is a Researcher in Town and Regional Planning at the Faculty of Architecture University of Sassari. She has a Ph.D. in "Urban Planning Methodology" from "La Sapienza" University of Rome and a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Cagliari. Her works include: Le dimensioni plurali della città ambientale. Prospettive di integrazione ambientale nel progetto del territorio (FrancoAngeli, 2004), Urban Landscape and an ecology of creativity, in Maciocco G. (Ed.) Urban Landscape Perspectives (Springer, 2008), Derelict places as "alternative" territories of the city, in Maciocco G. (Ed.) The Territorial Future of the City (Springer, 2008), Il potenziale urbano dei territori esterni with Maciocco G. and Sanna G. (Eds.) (FrancoAngeli, 2009).


City project Environmental project Landscape of pleasure Public space Simulacra of the city Urban landscape innovation population sustainability

Editors and affiliations

  • Giovanni Maciocco
    • 1
  • Silvia Serreli
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Architecture and Planning Faculty of Architecture, AlgheroUniversity of SassariAlgheroItaly

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