2015-2016 Colloquium Series
The Tourism Studies Working Group is pleased to announce
Using the Economic Engine of Tourism to Protect,
and Repair Damaged Environments
Achva Benzinberg Stein
(Professor Emerita, Spitzer School of Architecture,
The City College of New York)
Friday, February 26, 5:00 PM
Gifford Room, 221 Kroeber Hall
University of California, Berkeley
We lament the loss of authentic man-made places and the destruction of unique landscapes while appropriating these sites for tourism development. The conflict between nature and culture can be reconciled by tapping into the financial resources of the tourist industry to restore damaged environments. The efforts to carry on such projects by various agencies all over the world have shown that such efforts tip the point toward a better understanding by the public of our ecological crisis.
I will discuss case studies from India, China, Europe, Israel, and the USA that illustrate this process and have provided good results.
Achva Benzinberg Stein is professor emerita at The City College of New York Spitzer School of Architecture, where she founded the graduate program in landscape architecture and has taught both landscape architecture and urban design. She is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects and a practicing professional who has taught and worked in the USA, Europe, Israel, China, and India. Her projects with neighborhood groups, nonprofit organizations, public housing authorities and government agencies have focused on meeting social needs while seeking to heal the damage caused by poorly managed urban or rural development. She will discuss the way by which the economic engine of tourism has been used to conserve, restore and enhance impaired environment in some of the projects she has undertaken.