edited by Iñigo Sánchez-Fuarros, Daniel Paiva & Daniel Malet Calvo


Ambiance, Tourism and the City considers how tourism and urban development affect the lived ambiances of contemporary cities around the world. As most of the existing literature on sensory atmospheres says little about the intersection between tourism and atmospheric production, this book affirms the centrality of the notion of ambiance as a mode of inquiry into the making and remaking of urban places for tourist consumption.

The book takes the reader into the sensory worlds of a traditional Italian marketplace, a jungle park in Kuala Lumpur, a slum in the Colombian city of Medellín, or the «sun and sand’ tourism destinations in Southern Spain, among other case studies. It offers new insights into the impact of tourism on the urban environment from multidisciplinary perspectives and a wide range of geographical regions across Europe, North America, Asia and South America. Through these contemporary case studies, the book further deepens our understanding of the ways in which «ambiances» and «atmospheres» pervade the physical regeneration and sensory transformation of contemporary tourist destinations. Conversely, this book offers insights on the effects of tourism on everyday urban experience.

By bringing together a diverse group of scholars and case studies to present a global perspective on the atmospheric production of the tourist city, this book is to serve as a valuable reference tool for researchers and undergraduate and postgraduate students with an interest in urban ambiances, tourism, cultural geography, and urban planning

Ambiances, Atmospheres and Sensory Experiences of Spaces | Routledge Press, an imprint of Taylor & Francis, April 2023. 



Chapter 1. Ambiance, Tourism, and the City: An Introduction. (Iñigo Sánchez-Fuarros, Daniel Paiva, and Daniel Malet Calvo)

Part I. Music, ambiance, and affective enactments of public space

Chapter 2. Musical Extractivism and the Commercial After-Life of San Juan’s (PR) La Perla and Kingston’s (JM) Fleet Street. (Ofer Gazit and Elisa Bruttomesso)

Chapter 3. Estudiantinas in Guanajuato: Street Music, Architectural Heritage, and the Making of Space Hierarchies. (Natalia Bieletto Bueno and Gustavo Galván Cázares)

Chapter 4. Graffiti Tours and Urban Metamorphosis: The Production of Tourist Ambiances in Comuna 13, Medellín. (Maria Lindmäe)

Part II. Urbanism, architecture, and built ambiances

Chapter 5. The Visual Spectacle of Shopping Malls as Tourist Destinations. (Panizza Allmark)

Chapter 6. Cyclical Ruins: A Videopoem on Sun and Sand Tourism Spaces in the Low Season. (Pablo Arboleda)

Part III. Walking, experiencing, and sensing

Chapter 7. Commoning the Touristic City: Urban Pedestrian Routes and the Ambiguous Politics of Exploration (Rachel Brahy, Luca Pattaroni and Andrew S. Hoffman)

Chapter 8. Sensoryfication of Place: A Sensobiographic Approach to Sensing Transformations of Urban Atmospheres. (Sandi Abram)

Chapter 9. «Taman Tugu: Interference/Resistance». Using Augmented Reality and Placed Sound to Engage Audiences with an Urban Jungle Soundscape. (Yonatan Collier)

Part IV. Neighbourhood life, sense of belonging, and place identity

Chapter 10. Graffiti at the Interface Between Tourism and the City We Become. (Plácido Muñoz Morán) 

Chapter 11. Escaping the Big Box Store: Examining Change, Gastrotourism, and Provisioning at Findlay Market, Cincinnati, OH. (Lisa Marie Beiswenger)

Chapter 12. Queer Cosmopolitan Barranquilla? Spatiality and Temporality and the Carnival’s Touristification. (Sebastián Wanumen Jiménez)

Part V. Creating authenticity for tourist consumption

Chapter 13. Sounds like an Authentic Tourist Experience! Listening to Tourism-led Transformations in the Atmosphere of a Southern Mediterranean City. (Nicola Di Croce) 

Chapter 14. Sound and the Moving Tourist Bubble in Harlem Tourism. (William Trevor Jamerson and Anthony Kwame Harrison) 

Chapter 15. Creating Ambience through Music in Dublin’s Cultural Quarter: Temple Bar TradFest (Aileen Dillane and Sarah Raine)


Chapter 16. Urban Correspondences. (Manuel Delgado)