Student: WANG Yadian
Supervisor: Scott Melbourne
Thesis section: Site design—does it matter?
Programme: Master of Landscape Architecture
Date: June 2020
This design mainly studies the staged landscape renewal strategy of the multi-purpose cultural heritage site with tourism as a catalyst for improved heritage protection, ecological performance, and sustainable economic growth in Vedi, Armenia. In recent years, with the increasing proportion of cultural tourism in the national economy of Armenia, archaeological tourism has become the government’s most concerned direction to promote national income and help maintain archaeological heritage. The current stage of Armenia’s archaeological tourism industry is mostly the evolution of the form of bottom-up farmhouses, pursuing a single development focused on ticket income. Based on this background, taking the Vedi fortress of Armenia as an example, This research aims to systematically analyze the relevant spatial and political, economic and cultural factors of the archaeological landscape, and explore the use of dynamic tourism as a catalyst to achieve better landscape change. The specific tourism dynamic methodology is distribution dynamics, model dynamics, and density dynamics. At the same time catalytic landscape is divided into three stages. The first stage focuses on archaeological research and tourism infrastructure preparation; the second stage focuses on high-density archaeological tourism, developing surrounding sightseeing agriculture, and obtaining capital accumulation; the third stage is the transformation of tourism and tourism into education Tourism, combined with the gradual restoration of the archaeological site and the restoration of the natural environment of the surrounding area. This study ultimately explores landscape strategies that gradually help multi-scale dynamic tourism design in areas, sites, and units to help the agricultural transformation of archaeological surrounding communities, achieve sustainable economics, archaeological heritage protection, and ecological restoration of the natural environment surrounding archaeological surroundings.
Keywords: archaeological tourism; landscape change; heritage conservation; sustainable economy; ecological archaeology