Citing Sydney: Architectural representation, mapping, and the tourist gaze

Stead, Naomi (2007). Citing Sydney: Architectural representation, mapping, and the tourist gaze. In: Stephen Loo and Katharine Bartsch, Panorama to paradise : scopic regimes in Architectural and urban history and theory : XXIV SAHANZ Adelaide 2007. XXIVth International Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, Adelaide, Australia, (). 21-24 September 2007.

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Author Stead, Naomi
Title of paper Citing Sydney: Architectural representation, mapping, and the tourist gaze
Conference name XXIVth International Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand
Conference location Adelaide, Australia
Conference dates 21-24 September 2007
Proceedings title Panorama to paradise : scopic regimes in Architectural and urban history and theory : XXIV SAHANZ Adelaide 2007
Place of Publication Adelaide, South Australia
Publisher Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand
Publication Year 2007
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 1920927557
Editor Stephen Loo
Katharine Bartsch
Total pages 14
Language eng
Abstract/Summary The expression‘to put something on the map’ is a common enough metaphor,even a cliché. But perhaps it still has something to say about the tourist experience of architecture within a larger urban context. Tourist visual media very often prescribes a very specific route and order of things to see and do in a city – with its suggested itineraries and ‘must see’ lists, it navigates the tourist through a highly circumscribed and choreographed series of experiences. Tourists enact or perform the tourist map as they move through the city, and likewise the guidebook or itinerary can be seen as a kind of choreographic notation or ‘score’ for the tourist’s performance. But different tourists seek different aspects of the city, and tourist destinations are always contested terrains, written and overwritten by the varying symbolic and semantic needs of their visitors. This complex process of envisioning and revisioning is nowhere more evident than in tourist media, particularly tourist maps. This paper will examine a series of tourist maps, of Sydney and a range of other international cities, noting their visual codes, and their modes of representing urban space and architectural‘landmarks’ within a city. Tourist maps differ from other types of map because certain architectural features are often ‘popped up’ from the flat plane of the city plan, and represented in three dimensions. The tourist map reveals these buildings as objects, as ‘sights’ that can be recognised when they are encountered in the experience of the city. Arguing that such tourist maps are highly revealing documents, the paper will open questions about how they‘curate’ the tourist experience of the city of Sydney.
Subjects 1201 Architecture
Keyword Tourist experience of architecture
Tourist maps of Sydney
Curation of the tourist experience
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

 
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