The territoriality of atmosphere: Rethinking affective urbanism through the collateral atmospheres of Lisbon’s tourism

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Abstract

Among the plethora of studies on urban atmospheres, literature on atmospheric production has been almost exclusively focused on the inner spacetimes of produced atmospheres and has not explored what may happen at their spatial and temporal borders, despite the wide acknowledgement of the volatility of atmospheres. This paper draws on a year-long ethnographic observation of the tourism-related practices of atmospheric production in Lisbon (Portugal) and the protests against its unintended consequences. We expand the literature on atmospheric design, staging, and performance by introducing the concept of collateral atmospheres to describe the “other” atmospheres that emerge in the spaces and times beyond produced atmospheres. We show that the elements of produced atmospheres transform over space or time into collateral atmospheres, generating negative affective states that have an impact on neighbourhood relationships, personal and familiar well-being, and local identity. In this sense we argue that the production of atmospheres has a territorial dimension which has been neglected by the literature and must be accounted for in future research. We point to future directions to achieve this goal.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalTransactions of the Institute of British Geographers
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 28 Nov 2020

Keywords

  • affect
  • affective urbanism
  • atmospheric production
  • collateral atmospheres
  • territory
  • urban tourism

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