nanotourism is a constructed term describing a creative critique to the current environmental, social and economic downsides of conventional tourism, as a participatory, locally oriented bottom-up alternative.

The seminar ‘Re-Thinking Tourism for a Planet in Crisis’ took place during winter semester 2019/20 at TU Vienna. Using the concept of nanotourism as a point of departure, the seminar focused

on evaluating its characteristics

through cross-disciplinary

research, analysis and pattern

thinking.

The exhibition documents the

seminar’s collection of reference

projects, theories, texts and case

studies through 9 visual essays,

collectively hinting towards

alternative forms of the study and

design of tourism for a planet in

crisis.

"Tourism is the march of stupidity. You’re expected to be stupid. The entire mechanism of the host country is geared to travellers acting stupidly. You walk around dazed, squinting into fold-out maps. You don’t know how to talk to people, how to get anywhere, what the money means, what time it is, what to eat or how to eat it. Being stupid is the pattern, the level and the norm. You can exist on this level for weeks and months without reprimand or dire consequence.
 
Together with thousands, you are granted immunities and broad freedoms. You are an army of fools, wearing bright polyesters, riding camels, taking pictures of each other, haggard, dysenteric, thirsty. There is nothing to think about but the next shapeless event. “ 

–  Don DeLillo, The Names 

This digital exhibition departs from the definitions of the characteristics of nanotourism and further displays cross-disciplinary references, analysed nanotourism case studies and extracted patterns for each characteristic.

The contradictions and pluralities emerged become a collective narrative, that reflects the time the research was done in. 

Participating students

 

 

Exhibition group:

Zajnab Ali, Germany 

Emma Kaufmann-LaDuc, USA 

Barbara Krajcar, Slovenia 

Tara Mücke, Ireland 

Peter Lechner, Germany 

Hana Mladjenovic, Bosnia and Herzegovina 

Lauro Nächt, Austria 

Katharina Sauermann, Austria 

Aurora Zordan, Italy 

 

Seminar group:

Zajnab Ali, Germany 

Anna Dür, Austria 

Baran Demir, Turkey 

Christina Haslauer, Austria 

Alex Grekoussis, Greece 

Anargyros Lazarou, Greece 

Anna Bernbacher, Austria 

Emma Kaufmann-LaDuc, USA 

Daria Lanina, Ukraine 

Barbara Krajcar, Slovenia 

Lynn Karkouki Samman, Syria 

Ada Curkic, Turkey 

Tara Mücke, Ireland 

Peter Lechner, Germany 

Hana Mladjenovic, Bosnia and Herzegovina 

Lauro Nächt, Austria 

Hanni Nusser, Germany 

Katharina Sauermann, Austria 

Aurora Zordan, Italy

Mentors:

Univ.Ass. Jakob Travnik, Slovenia

Stud.Ass. Amanda Sperger, Austria

Institute of

Architecture and Design

Architectural Typology

and Design

Re-Thinking Tourism

for a Planet in Crisis