|M.Sc Student||Peled-Baruch Liat|
|Subject||Women Entrepreneurs and Small Business Support in Israel|
|Department||Department of Architecture and Town Planning||Supervisor||Professor Daniel Czamanski|
This thesis reflects on the values which constitute the basis of the relationship between tourist sites and the available urban space, displaying the rivalry between them. The subjects of this rivalry are, control of local urban space and exploitation of local qualities.
The necessity to control the local quality evolves, on the urban level, from the need of self determination, and on the tourist level, from the resolution to emphasize the divergence and uniqueness of the place. The debate on the use of the local space and its potential, is often accompanied by insensitivity to the meaning of local heritage, and causes many a time irreversible damage to unique sites and archaeological-historical assets.
This thesis seeks to present an option which will bridge the gap between past and present, benefiting both the development of tourism and the urban structure and its components. The combination of the need to preserve the uniqueness of tourist sites and the urban space system, while seeking the preservation of the archaeological-historical sites, is the approach submitted hereafter.
Three leading approaches in the theoretical field were examined: Place Theories; Critical Regionalism and; theories in Tourism, with the focus on Soft Tourism.
The theoretical research comprises review of the existing knowledge and construction of research models. Two such models are discussed: a Conceptual Model and an Interaction Model.
On the basis of the Interaction Model, Tiberias was defined as a city with a rich inventory of Archaeological, Historical and Natural Sites, currently in the trend of tourist development.
The conclusion of the research indicates that the design framework obliges a thorough study of the site, including examination of its data and qualities. This will produce a data base from which design principles can be defined, to ensure the creation of a better quality place, both from the urban and the tourist point of view.
The uniqueness of this essay is in the renewal of the perspective, which suggests the examination of tourist interaction with physical and spatial urban design, unlike the global trend of research which promotes tourist interaction vis-à-vis strategic and social economic design.