Let me introduce you to a new term: architourism. If you’re curious, here’s some good explanation on the term: http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/architourism.
Whenever we speak of traveling to sightsee monuments, we usually mention ancient churches, Gothic cathedrals, walls, medieval remains, and other antique buildings. But during the last years, there is more evident, every time, the profusion of buildings constructed in the 20th century, which will make us say: wow!
Buildings that were designed, for example, by Santiago Calatrava, Frank Gehry or Renzo Piano, that’s to mention three particular cases of prestigious architects who have made of many Spanish cities an icon of the 20th century architecture. I do not want to leave my dearest friend Gaudí out, who has already left samples in Barcelona, and in other areas of Spain, from the very beginnings of the 20th century, of a style which is considered to be more modernist than notable.
Until this century most of the guided visits were made to monuments which belong to other times, such as Gothic cathedrals or buildings with a great historical value. Today the value of the 20th -century architecture has let us speak about modern architecture tourism.
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This concept of tourism of the 20th-century architecture, which in some places as I have read is called as Architourism, is quite recent. Precisely, when the Conference on Architecture as a Tourist Destination in 2002 took place in the University of Columbia, it was already spoken about something known as the Bilbao Effect.
The Bilbao Effect was created by Frank Gehry with the design of his Guggenheim Museum. It was something curious to observe how many people were coming to Bilbao only to see this building, something unthinkable until a few years ago. The Guggenheim managed to turn itself Bilbao into a first-class tourist destination. How amazing