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Relevant Antiquity : Catalyzing Tourism with Architectural Tradition

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Title: Relevant Antiquity : Catalyzing Tourism with Architectural Tradition
Author: Friesz, Matthew
Abstract: This thesis explores the question of how local architectural traditions affect tourism. The typology for the exploration of this problem is a convention center/hotel in a building complex comprised of adaptive re-use and new construction. It is important for designers to know that cities must keep traditions of architecture - even as tourism increases and these traditions evolve - as they define the original attraction to the place or space. This give-and-take relationship between architectural traditions and tourism is a key to knowing the relevancy of design in response to tourism. This is necessary in helping to define how architecture should progress or evolve in high-tourist areas. The narrative argues for the importance of the project in today’s society and asks the questions necessary to continue researching. The project client is a private investor and the primary users are guests of the hotel, conference attendees, lecturers/presenters and staff at the administrative and support levels. Major project elements include conference space, hotel rooms with one or two beds, an atrium with a lobby and reception areas, a green roof/outdoor gathering space, a laundry room, kitchen and parking. Minor project elements include mechanical spaces, public restrooms, and storage. The project emphasizes that sensitivity to architectural tradition is necessary for the growth or evolution of tourism. The research and design phases will be documented on a basis concurrent with the progress of the project.
Date: 2011-05
Subject: Convention facilities.
Buildings -- Remodeling for other use.
Architecture and tourism.
Ladies Mile Historic District (New York, N.Y.).
New York.
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/10365/16898

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