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Reutilisation of agricultural buildings

tourism and sustainability in the Swedish periurban context

Bocz, György Ängelkott (2012). Reutilisation of agricultural buildings. Diss. (sammanfattning/summary) Apnarp : Sveriges lantbruksuniv., Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae, 1652-6880 ; 2012:82
ISBN 978-91-576-7729-7
[Doctoral thesis]

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Agricultural buildings (ABs) dominate the countryside and their reutilisation in periurban areas is important in rural diversification and in maintaining a living countryside. These constructions have been examined in various studies, but the reutilisation of ABs in tourism in a spatial context has not yet been scientifically analysed. This thesis analyses agricultural buildings and their properties in order to identify key issues concerning sustainable reutilisation in tourism and the Swedish periurban context.
Using statistical data combined with information gathered from surveys, the thesis charts the dynamics of change in periurban AB stock in Sweden and the underlying reasons for these changes. Additional field studies examine the connections between human behaviour patterns/lifestyle and the use of built periurban infrastructure, including analyses of functions, use of materials and issues concerning aesthetics. Finally, actual tourism enterprises using ABs in Sweden are examined in terms of sustainability issues.
The results show that rural tourism operators and visitors differ in their views and experiences of reused buildings and the services therein, although both groups consider aggregated building-related factors to be significantly more important than aggregated tourism-related factors. Differences in spatial character provide both advantages and disadvantages. The approaches and efforts of owners to create a sustainable business show similar patterns, irrespective of geographical location. A caretaker role, holistic thinking, management style, quality of service and personal relations are perceived as the cornerstones of sustainable operations. However, approaches to sustainability differ depending on the owner’s personality, lifestyle and background. Operators are also aware of the advantages and disadvantages of reutilising ABs in tourism.
This thesis provides a better understanding of spatial issues and their influence on reutilisation of ABs in tourism that may help improve locally anchored sustainable development strategies for the countryside and assist authorities in addressing problems concerning owners, conservation and utilisation.

Authors/Creators:Bocz, György Ängelkott
Title:Reutilisation of agricultural buildings
Subtitle:tourism and sustainability in the Swedish periurban context
Series Name/Journal:Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae
Year of publishing :2 October 2012
Number of Pages:108
IBocz, G.Ä., Nilsson, C. & Pinzke, S. 2008. Periurbanity - a new classification model. ECLAS Conference 2008 ‘New Landscapes - New Lives, New Challenges in Landscape Planning, Design and Management’, Alnarp, 11-14 September 2008 (Published as double-blind reviewed conference proceedings).
IIBocz, G.Ä., Pinzke, S. &. Nilsson, C. 2012. In the eye of the beholder. Swedish rural tourism operators’ and visitors’ views on reused agricultural buildings. Scandinavian Journal of Hospitality and Tourism 2(1), 140-163.
IIIBocz, G. Ä., Martínez, A. R. & Ness, B. 2012. Sustainability in the management of Swedish agricultural buildings reused in tourism. A case study. (Submitted).
IVBocz, G.Ä. 2012. Building sustainability. Agricultural buildings reused in tourism: human aspect and territorial differences. Agricultural Engineering International: CIGR Journal 14(3). (In press).
Place of Publication:Apnarp
Publisher:Dept. of Rural building and Animal Husbandry, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Associated Programs and Other Stakeholders:SLU - Environmental assessment > Programme Agricultural landscape
SLU - Environmental assessment > Programme Built Environment
SLU - Agricultural Sciences for Global Development > Restoration of degraded rural landscapes
SLU - Agricultural Sciences for Global Development > Urban and peri-urban farming
ISBN for printed version:978-91-576-7729-7
Publication Type:Doctoral thesis
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:N Machinery and buildings > N10 Agricultural structures
X Agricola extesions > X60 Technology
X Agricola extesions > X80 Social sciences, humanities and education
Subjects:Obsolete subject words > FORESTRY, AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES and LANDSCAPE PLANNING > Area technology > Agricultural building engineering
Obsolete subject words > FORESTRY, AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES and LANDSCAPE PLANNING > Area economics > Agricultural economics
Obsolete subject words > INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH AREAS > Cultural heritage and cultural production
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 405 Other Agricultural Sciences > Other Agricultural Sciences not elsewhere specified
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 501 Psychology > Applied Psychology
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 502 Economics and Business > Business Administration
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 509 Other Social Sciences > Social Sciences Interdisciplinary (Peace and Conflict Research and Studies on Sustainable Society)
Agrovoc terms:farm buildings, agrotourism, periurban areas, building construction, construction materials, sustainability
Keywords:tourism, agricultural building, rural, architecture, periurban, vernacular, sustainability, rural construction, rural building, , reutilization, Sweden, sustainable management
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ID Code:9116
Department:(LTJ, LTV) > Rural Buildings and Animal Husbandry (until 121231)
External funders:Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry
Deposited By: Mr Gyorgy Angelkott (GA) Bocz
Deposited On:04 Oct 2012 09:23
Metadata Last Modified:02 Dec 2014 10:52

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