Research about Beach Tourism Typology

Oct-Nov 2008, Barcelona, Spain

STAR was commissioned to realize a panorama of the history of architectural typology in Sun and Beach tourism. The Panorama: 400 years of Beach Tourism (7 x 3 meters) was part of the exhibition “Tourism: Spaces of Fiction”.
This is the first exhibition at the new Disseny Hub Barcelona– DHUB (Design Hub) at the Palau de Llió, in the centre of Barcelona from December 2, 2008 until June 6, 2009.
The exhibition was divided into eight areas, managed by eight curators under the direction of Ramon Prat (ACTAR).

Head Curator: Ramon Prat
Curators for the various exhibition areas:
Tourism & Travel Journals (Philippe Rouger)
Constructing Desire – Publicity (Philippe Rouger)
Constructing Desire – Cinema (Andrés Hispano)
Thematising our Make-Believe (Miguel Ruano)
Bawadi, a Thematised City (Miguel Ruano)
Sun & Sea (Carlos Ipser)
Artificial Desires (Elisa Fuksas, Alexander Josephson)
New Projects (Irene Hwang, Mario Ballesteros)

Venue: DHUB Montcada, carrer de montcada, 12 (Barcelona)
Opening Times: Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Sundays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Bank Holidays, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

From DHUB:
Tourism is now the leading economic activity in the world, an industry capable of meeting all our desires, of reproducing them and building them. And the tourist is the inhabitant of these coveted fiction spaces.
From media, publicity and cinema, through theme parks and cities, and even the search for new experiences, Disseny Hub Barcelona’s first exhibition aims to bring us close to the reality of this great industry and to the designers who plan it.
The exhibition, «Tourism. Fiction Spaces», sets out to analyze the relationship between design and desire, industry and consumption – a complex relationship, thronging with contradiction and tender moments. Like the society we live in.
The exhibition is designed to be face-to-face and virtual, taking full advantage of the new technologies to go one step further. On arrival, visitors are given a tablet PC with additional information on the various exhibits, enabling them to customize their itinerary to measure, depending on their interests. The tablet PC is activated as visitors enter each exhibition area. The idea is to enable visitors to come close up to a huge industry and its designers.

DHUB – Disseny Hub
Tourism: Spaces of Fiction
Panorama: 400 years of Beach Tourism
Group Exhibition
Barcelona, Spain.
December 2, 2008 May 24, 2009

Other images from the exhibition:

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Title: 400 Years of Beach Tourism
Project name: Tourism: Spaces of Fiction
Date: October – November 2008
Type: Commission:  Research and Exhibition
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Site: DHUB – Disseny Hub Barcelona at the Palau Marques de Llió
Programme: Realization of a panorama about the history of architecture typology in “Sun and Beach” tourism
Surface: 21 m² (3 x 7 m)
Status: Realized
Client: DHUB – Disseny Hub Barcelona
Budget: N/A
Exhibitions: Disseny Hub Barcelona (DHUB) Barcelona, Spain December 2, 2008 – May 24, 2009
STAR Team: Beatriz Ramo, Simone de Iacobis, Iñigo Paniego
Consulting: Carlos Ipser