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

Would a cable car system for Venice be positive for transporting cruise passengers and others around the city?

Any thoughts on this project to connect Venice airport and other parts of Venice with cable cars? See this article in Italian: Laguna_cabinovia The cost is projected at €200M, it would take 26 minutes to get from the airport to Lido with other stations at Murano North, Fondamente Nove, Arsenale, Certosa and Santa Maria Elisabetta. … Continue reading

Venice’s MoSE dam project facing legitimate and illegitimate criticisms

Venice’s mobile dam project has been mired in controversy over the last 30 years with environmentalists usually opposing it while many Venetians hope the dams will significantly reduce high flooding in Venice and islands throughout the lagoon. This week the project faced new criticisms as it approaches completion, estimated for 2017. Firstly, it was claimed … Continue reading

Definitive layout presented for offshore platform for Venice

Plans to develop Venice’s port with an offshore platform and changes to onshore facilities are progressing. It was reported on 11 November 2014 that the Dutch company Royal Haskoning DHV presented its definitive layout of the platform to Venice’s Port Authority: Terminal offshore, consegnato layout definitivo The cost of the project has been reduced and … Continue reading

New Tram line opens linking Mestre and Marghera commercial area bordering Venice

After 10 years of work, a new tram link has eventually been created close to Venice. The line between Mestre and Marghera opened on Friday 12th September 2014. This provides a crucial link between the metropolitan area of Mestre and Marghera, where the industrial zones are being changed and a new commercial centre has been … Continue reading

Misleading campaign against proposal for new cruise ship Contorta canal in Venice

A campaign has been gathering support against the dredging of a new canal in Venice since 8 August, 2014. On that date, a national government committee decided in favour of creating the new canal to re-route cruise ships through Venice. However, an environmental impact assessment is set to be conducted before 6 November 2014, which … Continue reading

Review published in ‘Theory in Action’ Journal of ‘Venice in Environmental Peril? Myth and Reality’

A book review was published on 31 July 2014 in the journal ‘Theory in Action’ of ‘Venice in Environmental Peril? Myth and Reality’ by Dominic Standish. The review was written Dr James Panton, who is a widely respected Oxford lecturer and educator. My thanks to him for his positive and insightful remarks. This is a … Continue reading

Why have Venice, Italy and the world’s media been stunned by corruption arrests linked to Venice’s MoSE dams and the resignation of Venice Mayor Orsoni?

Giorgio Orsoni resigned as Venice Mayor on Friday, 13 June. His resignation came one day after he plea-bargained a release from house arrest and accepted a four-month suspended jail term. It is alleged Orsoni took illegal payments towards his 2010 election campaign to be mayor from the consortium in charge of constructing Venice’s mobile dams. … Continue reading

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