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Acapella Village
Designing Future Tourist Communities for Transforming Societies

Acapella Village explores culturally and ecologically sustainable architecture of tourist dwelling to build future practical, professional and theoretical know-how suitable for regional policy-making and commercial applications. The proposal features an extensive design, planning, business and construction program based on international and cross-disciplinary research, which will be carried out as multiple projects. The planning and initiation of the projects is enabled by the University of Lapland Strategic Funding (50.000 €) in 2011-2012.


Soile Veijola, Ph.D. (Sociology)
Professor of Cultural Studies of Tourism
+358 400 169 693
soile.veijola (at)

Petra Falin, DA (Design Research)
Postdoctoral Researcher
+358 40 559 3986
petra.falin (at)

Visiting address:

Multidimensional Tourism Institute
Viirinkankaantie 1, 96300 Rovaniemi

Veijola & al. (2014):

Disruptive Tourism and its Untidy Guests: Alternative Ontologies for Future Hospitalities

Disruptive Tourism and its Untidy Guests envisions alternative arrangements of social life by welcoming 'the untidy guest' to discourses, theories and philosophies of tourism. Written by an author collective with backgrounds in philosophy, sociology, tourism, hospitality and development studies, the book transfers the focus of tourism theories away from managing sustainability and toward alternative – disruptive – ontologies and epistemologies for future tourist hospitalities and mobilities. The co-authors 'mess around' with tourism studies by invoking the radical potentialities of 'untidiness'. Tourism and the host-guest relations it entails are explored by means of deliberately untidy concepts: camping, parasites, silence, unlearning and serendipities. Instead of trying to manage or tidy up tourist situations and encounters, Disruptive Tourism and its Untidy Guests embraces the messiness of human relations and argues for more creative, embodied and ethical ontologies of tourism, hospitality and mobility.

Book at Palgrave Macmillan


Veijola & Falin (2014):

Mobile Neighbouring

The article theorizes the tourist dwelling at a conjunction of philosophy, social theory, tourism research, architecture and design in order to configure a conceptual framework for responsible and creative forms of encounters between tourists in material settings. It asks: What kind of social coexistence could the design of the tourist dwelling afford tourists? The main conclusion drawn from the theoretical analysis is that the tourist dwelling needs to be ‘un-designed’ by a novel conceptual approach to reach its potential in the mobile, material and social formations of dwelling-nearby with strangers. A novel theoretical conceptualization of mobile neighbouring is put forward as an ethical ontology and materialized sociality that will pave a way for thinking tourism in the post-host-guest societies of the future.

Article online


February 2012 in AAG, New York

Acapella Village visited the AAG (Association of American Geographers) Annual Meeting in New York 24.-28.2.2012 presenting a paper: Falin & Veijola: Redesigning the Tourist Dwelling in the session: "(Im)Mobilities of Dwelling: Places and Practices"

Abstract in online program


May 2012 in CHME, Birmingham

Acapella Village will visit the CHME annual research conference in Birmingham 9.-10.5.2012. where Soile Veijola is invited to give a key note presentation.

Link to the conference home page


Acapella Village continues

Soile Veijola received a grant for research leave from the Foundations' Professor Pool and will be able to concentrate full time on the Acapella Village research initiative through the academic year 2012-2013.

The Foundations' Professor Pool