Conference proceeding published

We are proud to announce the recent publication of the conference proceeding “Touristifizierung urbaner Räume?” edited by Tim Freytag and Andreas Kagermeier.

The joint conference organized by AK Tourismusforschung and AK Stadtzukünfte took place May, 22nd till 24th 2019 in Freiburg, Germany and dealt with urban transformations caused by tourism. The resulting conference proceeding contains selected talks that investigate the interrelatedness of tourism and urban change from various research perspectives, as the table of contents illustrates:

Entwicklungslinien und Perspektiven der New Urban Tourism-Forschung
Christoph Sommer, Luise Stoltenberg, Thomas Frisch & Natalie Stors

Ist der New Urban Tourist ein Choraster?
Anja Saretzki

Städtische Quartiere in der Tourismusfalle? Zur Wahrnehmung von Tourismus und Airbnb in Berlin – Ein Werkstattbericht
Claus Müller, Anna Laura Raschke, Stefan Brandt, Sybille Frank & Kristin Wellner

Touristifizierung „stadtverträglich“ machen. Neue Ansätze in der Berliner Tourismuspolitik
Nils Grube

Coworking im Kontext urbaner Räume. Problemzentrierte Einblicke aus diversitätsspezifischer, destinationsspezifischer und stadtplanerischer Perspektive
Nicolai Scherle & Markus Pillmayer

Der tourismuspolitische Handlungsrahmen urbaner Transformationsprozesse
Franziska Thiele & Nina Martha Dembowski

Tourismusberatung als Transformationsgenerator städtischer Räume – zu einer Geographie des Wissens
Karlheinz Wöhler

For more information please have a look at:

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Urban Political Episodes on “Reclaiming the Tourist City”

Reclaiming the Tourist City at world-famous Checkpoint Charlie? Two episodes of the new Urban Political Podcast (on Urban Theory, Research and Action) are dealing with this very question. Amongst an architect, politicians and a building historian, Christoph Sommer from our Urban Research Group contributed his point of view.

Part 1 is about Heritage Preservation and Urban Development at Checkpoint Charlie. Much-visited by tourists and generally avoided by Berliners, the site has faced growing conflict over plans to develop a hotel, Hard Rock Cafe and museum. This first part details the historical importance of the empty plots at the former Cold War border crossing and reflects on wider debates about heritage, tourism and urban development.Find out why urban emptiness can have heritage value.

Part 2 is about Regaining Democratic Control in the course of the redevelopment of this must see. This episode examines the extent to which democratic control has been exerted in the Checkpoint Charlie case and how development plans have been modified under increased pressure from societal groups. Listen to hear about the possibilities of contesting tourist-centred developments in inner cities and why activists should never automatically trust a leftwing government.