chapter  5
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Experience Spaces, (Aero)mobilities and Environmental Impacts

WithClaus Lassen, Carla K. Smink & Søren Smidt-Jensen

In the past few decades, the number of experience opportunities has exploded, and experi-

ences seem to have become increasingly important in modern life. The experience

economy focuses on the rising demand for experiences in society, and it builds upon

the added value of creativity generated both in new and traditional products and services

(Bærenholdt & Sundbo, 2007; Lorentzen, 2009; Pine & Gilmore, 1999). It is a type of

economy that capitalizes on a consumer society in which money is spent increasingly

on leisure, arts and cultural events. However, the notion of experience economy can

also be seen as a way to understand and describe a new stage in modern capitalism

towards a more imaginative and symbolically oriented economy of production (Shaw &

Williams, 2004, p. 116). In several European cities, experience now has an increasing

influence on urban politics, urban planning and urban designs (Hall, 2000; Kunzmann,

2004; Metz, 2002; Marling et al., 2009).