HAVC 106G: Tourism and the Built Environment in the United States

University of California, Santa Cruz


Alexander Dux, See America First,
travel poster produced for the United States Travel Bureau

Course Description

The constant flux of people and money associated with recreational travel poses significant problems for historians of architecture and urban planning; however, the widespread effects of tourism are important when examining the history of architecture in relation to questions of leisure, identity, environment, and architectural practice.

This course is an introduction to the influence of tourism on architecture in the United States from the 1850s to the present. We will explore the social, political, and aesthetic consequences of tourism on national parks, seaside resorts, theme parks, urban planning and redevelopment schemes, and architectural design trends.

INSTRUCTOR: Mahlon W.L. Chute