Spectacular Attractions: Tourism and Environmental Engagement in Niagara Falls
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This thesis begins by studying the dual reading of Niagara Falls as an awe-inspiring natural wonder and as a commodified spectacle for touristic consumption. However, the relics of its early hydroelectric exploitation are also spectacular and present opportunities to connect the visitors back to the thrill of the Falls. This thesis repurposes an abandoned hydro plant to provide visitors with a new reading of this natural wonder by re-enchanting the debris of history so that they can experience the Niagara escarpment, the Fall of water, and the power of imaginative interaction with these natural phenomena anew.