The research focus of the PhD is linked to an interdisciplinary research project entitled Rethink tourism in a coastal city – Design for new engagement. It seeks to make a comprehensive, multidisciplinary investigation of coastal tourism in Ringkøbing Skjern (RKSK) hence establish strategies for a renewed view on tourism as an amplifier of site-specific potentials (spatial, cultural, landscape, etc.) and a strategic tool for sustainable development in the coastal region.
This PhD will, referring to above mentioned, focus on transformative site-specific architectural strategies for a renewed tourist landscape in RKSK, and will do this by applying a research through design approach. This focus will be investigated through these research questions:
- What characterizes the urbanized, coastal landscape of RKSK? Focusing on the existing and potential new intersecting arenas between tourism, nature and everyday life.
- How do we, through architectural methods (mapping, designing and prototyping), facilitate an interdisciplinary discussion about local-based qualities and potentials?
- How do architectural methods, from mapping to transformative design intervention affect the formation of new actor networks in the area? How do these actor networks transgress the dichotomy of tourist/local and nature/culture?
The hypothesis is that architecture understood in a broad sense of both physical development strategies, landscape architecture interventions and transformation strategies for existing building structures is a key to providing enhanced attraction of tourists.