This is a guest post from Antonina of OpenBuildings - a community-driven and openly editable encyclopaedia of buildings from around the world.
A great example of progressive government policy: In 2005 Norway launched The National Tourist Routes: a vast 15-year campaign re-evaluating the concept of tourism by transforming it into a culturally active product. To achieve that the government turned to a stellar congregation of designers & architects with a request to create their own stunning yet nature-aware rest stops, observation decks and other small-scale architectural jewels. The architectural objects are already effectively shaping the vastly attractive new face of the planned tourist routes. Hopefully, a move that will not only generate greater tourist activity for beautiful Norway but will also inspire other governments to follow in these footsteps.
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