Cities' Vocabularies, Heritage, and Cultural Tourism
In a modern, global period, some towns have succumbed to the diluting of heritage in order to appease a massive worldwide audience. Sacrificing legacy for a sense of normalcy in the eyes of the world, these cities lack uniqueness and distinguish themselves from their contemporaries. Ironically, worldwide appeasement efforts backfire in terms of tourist attraction, economic value, and public attitude. The tourism business is widely recognized as the lifeblood of many nations, and travelers choose to visit places where the culture of the country is visible and all-encompassing. Lively streets where the very air exudes legacy and character, and where every stride on the city's streets tells a tale.
It should come as no surprise, then, that cultural tourism is one of the primary reasons individuals choose to travel overseas. Some experts believe that cultural tourism emerged as a societal phenomenon in the post-World War II era. Europeans desired to learn about and visit their neighbors in order to obtain a better grasp of their culture in both tangible and intangible ways. Maintaining and conserving one's cultural tourism attractions ensures a long-term revenue stream as well as international recognition. Several elements should be considered while striving for long-term cultural tourism, such as the incorporation of new digital technology and maintaining a high standard of health and safety while preserving cultural legacy and identity.
This special issue in the ARChive journal elaborates upon cities’ heritage, identities, and vocabularies while relating them to aspects of cultural tourism. The issues’ topics include:
- Green Tourism and Nature Interactivity
- Cultural Preservation Management
- Heritage Studies, Management, and Promotion
- Archeology Management and Restoration
- Case Studies and Best Practices
The Sustainability in Creative Industries and the Urban City
Creatives have always pioneered the progress of nations by contributing invaluable developments. Creativity itself is the main element from which all discovery springs forth, for, without it, artistic expression and innovation would seize to exist. In this modern day and age, creativity is needed more than ever, to overcome hurdles and obstacles never before seen due to the rapid expansion of the human population and cities across the globe. Creativity plays an important role in the formation of cities as well, deciding whether they flourish and make way for innovation and discovery, or suppress their residents, assuredly hastening their demise.
The concept of sustainability has recently emerged to combat humanity’s ever-growing thirst for progress at the cost of its environment. It can be applied to all disciplines of human activity but is most direly needed in how cities operate. Modern cities are accountable for the bulk of the planet’s climate change issue. Cities are hubs of knowledge that aggregate the best minds of nations; however, they also erode natural environments and phenomena by relying on automobiles, aggressively expanding roads, and embracing industrialization rather than harmony with nature.
This issue of the ARChive journal discusses sustainability in creative industries, urban environments, and cities. The journal aggregates proceedings from IEREK conferences and showcases topics such as:
- Innovation and Technology for Sustainable Design
- Design Approaches for Sustainable Creative Industries
- Sustainable Entrepreneurship in Creative Industries
- Urban Design, Development, and Management
- City Planning: Urbanization and Development
- Art and Defining the City