1st Edition

Ambiance, Tourism and the City

    284 Pages 26 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Ambiance, Tourism and the City considers how tourism and urban development affect the lived ambiances of contemporary cities around the world. As most of the existing literature on sensory atmospheres says little about the intersection between tourism and atmospheric production, this book affirms the centrality of the notion of ambiance as a mode of inquiry into the making and remaking of urban places for tourist consumption.

    The book takes the reader into the sensory worlds of a traditional Italian marketplace, a jungle park in Kuala Lumpur, a slum in the Colombian city of Medellín, or the "sun and sand" tourism destinations in Southern Spain, among other case studies. It offers new insights into the impact of tourism on the urban environment from multidisciplinary perspectives and a wide range of geographical regions across Europe, North America, Asia, and South America. Through these contemporary case studies, the book further deepens our understanding of the ways in which "ambiances" and "atmospheres" pervade the physical regeneration and sensory transformation of contemporary tourist destinations. Conversely, this book offers insights on the effects of tourism on everyday urban experience.

    By bringing together a diverse group of scholars and case studies to present a global perspective on the atmospheric production of the tourist city, this book is to serve as a valuable reference tool for researchers and undergraduate and postgraduate students with an interest in urban ambiances, tourism, cultural geography, and urban planning.


    Chapter 1. Ambiance, Tourism, and the City: An Introduction. (Iñigo Sánchez-Fuarros, Daniel Paiva, and Daniel Malet Calvo)

    Part I. Music, ambiance, and affective enactments of public space

    Chapter 2. Musical Extractivism and the Commercial After-Life of San Juan’s (PR) La Perla and Kingston’s (JM) Fleet Street. (Ofer Gazit and Elisa Bruttomesso)

    Chapter 3. Estudiantinas in Guanajuato: Street Music, Architectural Heritage, and the Making of Space Hierarchies. (Natalia Bieletto Bueno and Gustavo Galván Cázares)

    Chapter 4. Graffiti Tours and Urban Metamorphosis: The Production of Tourist Ambiances in Comuna 13, Medellín. (Maria Lindmäe)

    Part II. Urbanism, architecture, and built ambiances

    Chapter 5. The Visual Spectacle of Shopping Malls as Tourist Destinations. (Panizza Allmark)

    Chapter 6. Cyclical Ruins: A Videopoem on Sun and Sand Tourism Spaces in the Low Season. (Pablo Arboleda)

    Part III. Walking, experiencing, and sensing

    Chapter 7. Commoning the Touristic City: Urban Pedestrian Routes and the Ambiguous Politics of Exploration (Rachel Brahy, Luca Pattaroni and Andrew S. Hoffman)

    Chapter 8. Sensoryfication of Place: A Sensobiographic Approach to Sensing Transformations of Urban Atmospheres. (Sandi Abram)

    Chapter 9. "Taman Tugu: Interference/Resistance". Using Augmented Reality and Placed Sound to Engage Audiences with an Urban Jungle Soundscape. (Yonatan Collier)

    Part IV. Neighbourhood life, sense of belonging, and place identity

    Chapter 10. Graffiti at the Interface Between Tourism and the City We Become. (Plácido Muñoz Morán)

    Chapter 11. Escaping the Big Box Store: Examining Change, Gastrotourism, and Provisioning at Findlay Market, Cincinnati, OH. (Lisa Marie Beiswenger)

    Chapter 12. Queer Cosmopolitan Barranquilla? Spatiality and Temporality and the Carnival’s Touristification. (Sebastián Wanumen Jiménez)

    Part V. Creating authenticity for tourist consumption

    Chapter 13. Sounds like an Authentic Tourist Experience! Listening to Tourism-led Transformations in the Atmosphere of a Southern Mediterranean City. (Nicola Di Croce)

    Chapter 14. Sound and the Moving Tourist Bubble in Harlem Tourism. (William Trevor Jamerson and Anthony Kwame Harrison)

    Chapter 15. Creating Ambience through Music in Dublin’s Cultural Quarter: Temple Bar TradFest (Aileen Dillane and Sarah Raine)


    Chapter 16. Urban Correspondences. (Manuel Delgado)


    Iñigo Sánchez-Fuarros is Ramón y Cajal senior postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Heritage Sciences (INCIPIT-CSIC) in Santiago de Compostela (Spain). He holds a PhD in Anthropology (University of Barcelona). Previously, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at NOVA University (Lisbon, Portugal) and Queen’s University Belfast (UK). He is the author of Cubaneando en Barcelona: música, migración y experiencia urbana (2012). His research interests cover urban sound and music cultures, tourism and urban transformation, critical heritage studies, and the relationship between materiality and expressive cultures.

    Daniel Paiva is a Human Geographer interested in the experience of urban space in consumption and touristic areas. He holds a European PhD (2019) in Geography by the Universidade de Lisboa. In 2019, he was awarded a postdoctoral research fellowship to undertake a six-year research project at the Centre for Geographical Studies of the Universidade de Lisboa to explore the integration of art, urban design, and geotechnologies to create more sustainable human-nature interactions in urban public space. His research has been published in several geography and social science journals, including but not limited to Progress in Human Geography, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Annals of the American Association of Geographers, Geography Compass, and Urban Geography.

    Daniel Malet Calvo is Assistant Researcher at the Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology (CIES) at ISCTE – the University Institute of Lisbon (Portugal). He is also guest lecturer at different undergraduate and PhD programmes at ICSTE-IUL. As a trained anthropologist and historian specialized in urban studies and ethnography, his research interests cover international students and student migration (youth cultures, social class, and lifestyle mobility), urban transformation (nightlife gentrification, heritage, touristification, and social movements), urban infrastructures (daily mobility, urban planning, and public space), and race and ethnicity in urban contexts.