In the relationships which we establish with urban spaces and the surrounding countryside environment, a model of interaction, gradually consolidated through the model of tourism, has been imposed, a model which pertains to ritual, current trends and protocols. By default, or as an unconscious imposition, we adopt regional ties prefiguring meanings, approaches and especially emotional exchanges which have already been patterned and controlled. Thus, even beyond the format of the organised tour, there also appear standardised ways of documenting the experience, or the desire for a unique experience which always ends up in a commercial transaction, which assume that location and landscape are inexhaustible, passive resources, capable of sustaining any kind of semantic manipulation or overuse.
Despite acknowledging the apparent consolidation of the tourism model, it is still possible to picture other kinds of emotional and economic bonds with a countryside and the city, which may only be constructed upon the idea and the experience of another kind of tourism and another kind of experience of the landscape. The power to dissociate, and the ability to preserve autonomy and creativity, may help in the search for alternative and subversive spaces against the impositions of the tourism industry and the tourist imaginary. It is not about the search for a parallel reality, it is about rebuilding what once was the traditional life in cities, confronting its behaviours and references with the construction of the present-day city from the positive sum of all complexities and contradictions.
What is the PEOPLE’S TOURIST AGENCY?
-A unmediated relationship. A story made up without associated services.
-An experience without contract, evolving from the freedom to find honest and direct agreements between people, things and places.
-An in-depth discovery of the relationship with the city which neither generates nor anticipates recognisable or prefigured images.
-An experience without protocols, constructing landscape without selling it.
PTA proposes to take the energy, the knowledge, the various purposes coursing into urban cohabitation, to accentuate and to consolidate increasingly healthy, creative and liberating conditions for all concerned. It may be defined as a people’s landscaping which can still anticipate and make possible another kind of tourism, a people’s tourism, collaborative, creative, indefinite and open, without defined roles of producers and users.
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