Polytechnic University of Valencia Congress, 24th ISUF 2017 - City and Territory in the Globalization Age

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Urban form in the tourist cities of the coast of the Canary Islands. The morphologies of leisure
Rafael R. Temes Córdovez, Moisés Simancas Cruz, Alicia García Amaya, María Pilar Peñarrubia Zaragoza

Last modified: 15-05-2018


The tourist city has been a space with few and weak reflections from the urban discipline. The developed planning, at best, has been uncritically exported from the residential city. However, in these cities, almost 12% of Spanish GDP is generated. The vast majority of Spanish coasts, especially on the Mediterranean coast and in the archipelagos, are occupied by large areas of holiday cities. Many of them were born in the first boom of Spanish tourism in the 60's. The mass tourism model, predominant in our coast, also generates a mass city. The morphology of this city does not follow the common and more consolidated patterns of the residential city. Today many of these tourist destinations begin to show of obsolescence. For this reason, the analysis of its urban form is a valuable tool in the face of its renovation project. In this work, we propose the analysis of the tourist micro-destinations of the Canarian archipelago. In order to this we will identify the main morphological patterns and characterize them from the analysis of a set of descriptive indicators related to public and private space.



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