Cultural Spaces and Touristic Flows in the Context of Megaregions

By Colin Ripley, Geoffrey Thün and Kathy Velikov.

Published by Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies

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North America’s Great Lakes Megaregion is an emerging urbanized area that is roughly co-existent with the Great Lakes watershed, which includes such traditional cities as Chicago, Detroit, and Toronto, as well as much of the so-called “rust belt” and is characterized by highly integrated energy flows, transportation infrastructures, and manufacturing systems that span the Canada–U.S.A. border. Research by the authors has identified a number of sheds—energy sheds, commodity sheds, mobility sheds—that describe the interrelated material and energetic flows as a complex ecology describing the geospatialization of each system. This paper extends the shed cartographies to the coupled areas of culture and tourism. An analysis is presented of both fixed locations (or nodes) of cultural production, and touristic flows within sub-, intra-, and extra-megaregional boundaries in order to apprehend a culture shed and a tourism shed for the region. In light of shifting and emerging trends in cultural and touristic participation, governmental and organizational goals for the development of the cultural and touristic markets in the megaregion, and the transformation of mobility infrastructures in a post-carbon future, the presentation concludes with a discussion of future possibilities for the form, organization and role of cultural and touristic infrastructures within the megaregion.

Keywords: Cartography, Megaregions, Cultural Infrastructure, Post-carbon Mobilities

Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp.105-120. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 11.787MB).

Colin Ripley

Director, Master of Architecture Program and Associate Professor, Department of Architectural Science, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Colin Ripley is an Associate Professor in the Department of Architectural Science at Ryerson University, and is the Director of the Master of Architecture program. He is a licensed architect in Ontario, Canada, and a partner in the research-based practice RVTR Inc.

Geoffrey Thün

Associate Professor, A Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

Geoffrey Thün is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan, and he is a partner in the research-based practice RVTR Inc.

Kathy Velikov

Assistant Professor, A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

Kathy Velikov is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan, and she is a licensed architect in Ontario, Canada and a partner in the research-based practice RVTR Inc.