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Nanotourism – Beyond Tourism

Nanotourism – Beyond Tourism


August 2021 – Preliminary Research Phase
Summer 2022AA Nanotourism Visiting School in Dresden


AA nanotourism Team
Aljosa Dekleva, Programme Head (SI)
Amanda Sperger, Programme Assistant (AT)
Jakob Travnik, Programme Assistant, (SIAT)

Guest Experts
Invited Teachers, experts in creative design field – to be defined

16 students and young professionals from design, architecture, art backgrounds

Kunstgewerbemuseum Dresden – Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden
Dresden Werbung


Participatory Action Research
Research-Design-Make Work Process
Experimental Teaching
Critical practice
Inclusive Design



Tourism faces radical changes because of the current global pandemic. Tourism, pre-pandemic, was one of the fastest growing global industries despite its many questionable impacts, The new reality gives us an opportunity to rethink how we visit places and experience our home environments, in meaningful and profound ways.

The project explores the cultural and social specificities of “Kunstgewerbemuseum Dresden” by critically investigating its role as a cultural institution which houses 60.000 objects and attracts visitors from all over the world and its role as a local public space for the people of Dresden.

Through experimental and participatory approach the project aims to develop a 1:1 scale conceptual, locally-specific interventions in the form of events, built installations, or strategies which will stimulate the Kunstgewerbemuseum and the local stakeholders to imagine and implement future collaborative narratives of responsible tourism.

The AA nanotourism Visiting School is an experimental educational program which is part of the Visiting School program of the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. Its focus lies in the research and development of nanotourism, a creative critique of the current environmental, social and economic downsides of conventional tourism which operates as a site-specific, participatory, locally-oriented, bottom-up alternative.

The program develops nanotourism case studies in close collaboration with local stakeholders and seeks to reveal hidden aspects of a particular context by establishing new synergies between the specificities of the place, its users, and locally available materials.