2016 - 2017

Cultural sustainability-Accessibility Based on the background of cultural sustainability, our studio focus on researching how tourism and climate change influence local people’s lifestyle in Atlas Mountain region in Morocco. Actually local people’s traditional lifestyle is one kind of culture heritage. Cultural heritage can be divided into two forms: the tangible cultural heritage such as buildings, environment, monuments, books and works of art. Intangible cultural heritage such as folklore, traditions lifestyles and languages. The cultural heritage is significant because of the people who evaluate it. Therefore the accessibility to cultural heritage is very important. Our group focus on improving the accessibility of our site. Accessibility refers to people’s ability to reach destinations that include goods, services and activities and these all called opportunities. Many factors affect accessibility, including mobility, the quality and affordability of transport options, transport system connectivity, mobility substitutes, and land use patterns. The components of accessibility can be divided into three parts: transportation, individual utility and land use. Accessibility can be evaluated from various perspectives, including a particular group, mode, location or activity. After the analysis and scenario games, we summaried main problems in our site. It can be divided into two parts. From villager’s perspective, there are not enough facilities in the site which means the employment for local people is limited. For example, the market is too far from village and the nearest market could cost people at least one hour by walk, which is not convenient for villagers to buy goods. In addition, the activities of local people are not rich enough. From tourists’ perspective, compared to other attractions in the neighborhood, our site is not attractive enough to visit and is thus often ignored by them. Furthermore, lack of connections with the popular attractions also leads to poor accessibility to the site. However, lack of visitors makes the site keep its traditional lifestyle and culture, which have the potential to develop well in the future. Therefore, our future scenario is expected to improve local people’s living standard including local economy, employment opportunities and living environment. At the same time, it will also promote the integration between local and external culture.