Rethinking Tourism in a Coastal City – Design for New Engagements is a three-year demonstration project which develops transformative site-specific architectural strategies for coastal cities and a renewed tourism-dominated landscape in the municipality of Ringkøbing-Skjern (RKSK). The research is conducted in an interdisciplinary group with researchers from Aarhus University (AU) in collaboration with the local municipality and with assistance from partners from Naturkraft, VisitAarhus and Dansk kyst- og naturturisme.
The ability of architecture and physical prototypes to spark local collaborations and strategic development are at the heart of the project. Overall, the aimed at research contribution is to investigate the potential of architecture to become at the same time a catalyst for tourism as well as for the enhancement of everyday life experiences, when using a strategic design-based approach.
Theoretically the project is based in the idea that tourism is a part of, and entangled with, everyday life. Secondarily, the objective of the project is to discuss how mapping and 1:1 tests of spatial urban prototypes can be an appropriate way for research to both understand, learn from and impact small tourism-dominated towns.