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The challenge of sustainable tourist infrastructure in the Araucania Andina, Chile

Whitman, Christopher ORCID:, Armijo, Gabriela P. and Schiappacasse, L. Nicolas 2013. The challenge of sustainable tourist infrastructure in the Araucania Andina, Chile. Presented at: PLEA 2013 Sustainable Architecture for a Renewable Future, Munich, Germany, 10-13 September 2013.

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Special interest tourists demand high-quality accommodation that respects its local environment and resources, and enhances existing cultures whilst meeting their expectations in terms of comfort and service. With its mix of volcanoes, monkey puzzle tree forests, indigenous Mapuche culture, ski resorts and a high concentration of National Parks, the micro-region of Araucania Andina in Chile’s 9th Region has become increasingly attractive as special interest tourist destination. As this demand increases the infrastructure of the region must adapt and evolve. Accommodation must provide comfort both during the cold wet winters which coincide with the main influx of international tourists and the short hot summers of the local peak holiday season. At the same time priority must be given to minimizing energy consumption due to both national and international energy shortages, and in some cases the lack of connection to the national grid due to isolated locations. This paper presents a review of the current tourism accommodation available in the micro-region, with post occupancy evaluation of selected establishments. Initial results show that most accommodation is inefficient in its energy use and provides poor hygro-thermal comfort. However innovation and some exemplary projects do exist. The findings of this paper form the benchmark for the design of a sustainable construction system, using local resources for thermal insulation, and the transfer of technology and best practice in energy generation, waste disposal, and heating systems for the tourism infrastructure in the micro-region of Araucania Andina

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Completion
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Architecture
Subjects: F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F1201 Latin America (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
Uncontrolled Keywords: Special Interest Tourism, Sustainable Tourism, Hygro-thermal comfort, Post Occupancy Evaluation.
Funders: FONDEF, Chile
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2022 10:20

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