Pais(vi)agem is an independent research group born from the idea of Enrico Porfido and Claudia Sani, which aims to investigate the relation between tourism and landscapes. Today, it gathers a number of collaborators with different background and experiences. Enrico recently received his PhD degree with a research about a new touristic model for Albania’s coastal landscape, while Claudia became a project manager in the office Urban Act, dealing with urban ecology and social district regeneration.
Pais(vi)agem was born in south Brazil during a field trip in a site with an amazing landscape. A small but motivated local community surrounded by a dramatic nature, threatened by a pressing reality: a multinational corporation which wanted to build an industrial complex.
Local community played a central role in stopping the process. And this is what we wanted to work on: territorial self-awareness. Only knowing what surrounds us, we can protect it. Tourism becomes a tool for territorial exploration and a way to enforce local communities.
Mapping the territorial potential - enriched with tourism design projects and strategies - allows us to evaluate risks and opportunities of that specific area. Because there is no tourism without landscapes, but also landscapes need an economic support.
Pais(vi)agem aims to design an innovative analytic tool for monitoring the tourism impact on local ecosystems and to export worldwide a new territorial development model based on tourism-landscape.