Dominic, Rccardo, Laura and Steffan, Constitution Bridge, Venice, 2010
  • About this website/blog

    I am a British citizen and have been living in the region of Venice since 1997, when I married my wife, Laura Ceccato, in Venice. Now we have two wonderful sons, Riccardo and Steffan. I lecture for the University of Iowa (USA) at its CUIS/CIMBA undergraduate and postgraduate campus in the Venice region (see teaching page). Blog posts about problems, challenges and improvements related to Venice are added regularly to this weblog. My writing publications are also provided on themed pages. I hope you enjoy the content. Please feel free to add your own comments. I can also be contacted at dstandish@europe.com. My book 'Venice in Environmental Peril? Myth and Reality', published by UPA in the USA in January 2012, is outlined on the book information page link above and can be ordered from Amazon using the link below. Thanks, Dominic.

Balloon Debate: what’s the best invention ever? I proposed language & debated other ideas. View this ‘Battle of Ideas’ festival film.

Filmed at the Battle of Ideas and expertly chaired by Timandra Harkness, this incredibly engaging balloon debate sees panelists attempt to convince the audience of their choice for the best invention ever. At the end of each round, the least popular invention is eliminated – and its proponent thrown out of the balloon. The debate … Continue reading

UNESCO Committee undemocratically calls for blocking of projects backed by Venice’s elected City Council and funded by Italy’s government

During the 40th session of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) World Heritage Committee in Istanbul on 14 July 2016, an ultimatum was issued to Italian authorities threatening to remove Venice from its World Heritage List and add it to its List of World Heritage in Danger. UNESCO has charged the Italian … Continue reading

Venice’s Festa della Sensa on May 7-8 2016 symbolises the city’s changing environmental, political, economic, religious and military relationships

Venice’s Festa della Sensa will be held on 7-8 May 2016. Sensa is Venetian for Ascension referring to the Ascension of Christ. Yet Ascension Day (40 days after Easter) in Venice also celebrates the ceremony of Spozalizio del Mare (Marriage to the Sea). The changing role of this ceremony symbolizes Venice’s changing environmental, military, political, religious and economic … Continue reading

Should we build in flood-prone areas? Contribution to debate in Prospect Magazine

Following heavy flooding in the UK, Prospect Magazine published an article on 8 January 2016 with five different contributors debating whether construction in flood-prone areas should go ahead. Although Venice is a very unique environment, I ask if Venetians could innovate to cope with flooding, why can’t people in other flood-prone places be defended? This … Continue reading

International Business Times article: Changing Oceans Provide Opportunities, not Apocalypse in Venice & Elsewhere

The International Business Times published the article in the link and text below by Dominic Standish on 13 October 2015. Link: Barack Obama’s apocalyptic warnings about our oceans betray the opportunities hidden in their depths These themes will be explored further in this debate in London on 17 October 2015 at the Barbican Centre: Plumbing … Continue reading

Battle over Venice cruise ship exhibition indicative of wider battle for the oceans

Venice’s Maritime Port An exhibition depicting cruise ships sailing through the Venetian lagoon will open in Venice on 22 October 2015 after it was previously blocked by the Mayor of Venice, Luigi Brugnaro. The exhibition of photographs by Gianni Berengo Gardin was due to open on the weekend of 19 September 2015 in the prestigious … Continue reading

Inside Venice’s bid to hold back the tide – article on the city’s MOSE dams in The Guardian

This article by journalist Antonia Windsor was published by The Guardian (UK) in its resilient cities series on 16 June 2015. The article is a perceptive insight into the discussion about Venice sinking and especially protecting the city with the MOSE flood barriers, which are nearing completion. There are numerous quotes from key figures involved … Continue reading

Venice’s MOSE dams delayed with added costs of €150 million

This week revealing reports have explained that work on the MOSE dam project has been on hold for the last eight months at an estimated cost of €150 million. Promised tranches of funds to continue the project from the CIPE committee charged with releasing them have not been forthcoming. It is estimated it takes approximately … Continue reading

President of Venice port authority proposes underground subway train system linked to a new cruise ship terminal

An underground subway train system for Venice is back on the agenda. As the debate about how to manage cruise ships in Venice rages, a report on 15 March 2015 states that the President of Venice Port Authority, Paolo Costa, has sent a proposal to Rome to create a cruise ship terminal on the Lido … Continue reading

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