Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2010.07.003
Title: Bungalows, mansions and shophouses: Encounters in architourism
Authors: Chang, T.C. 
Keywords: Architecture
Experience
Heritage
Hotels
Malaysia
Singapore
Tourism
Issue Date: Nov-2010
Citation: Chang, T.C. (2010-11). Bungalows, mansions and shophouses: Encounters in architourism. Geoforum 41 (6) : 963-971. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2010.07.003
Abstract: In architourism, tourists are attracted to places because of iconic buildings. Increasingly, non-iconic buildings of vernacular architectural styles are also appreciated by visitors as a way to authentically experience a place. This paper explores architourism in Malaysia and Singapore through the lens of historic boutique hotels. Geographical discourses in and methodologies of architectural geography are used to interrogate what these hotels mean for guests and hoteliers, and the effects on them too. Empirical findings deepen understanding of architourism through examining how 'producers' create culturally authentic environments in boutique hotels, and how 'consumers' utilise hotels to experience local cultures. The dual focus on production and consumption is in-line with critical architectural geography's insistence on exploring the rhetoric of building design as well as the realities of their everyday uses and users. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.
Source Title: Geoforum
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/49766
ISSN: 00167185
DOI: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2010.07.003
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