Tram and commercial/meeting center to develop Marghera on the mainland by Venice

A new tramline and commercial centre will be opened in April 2014 at Marghera on the mainland bordering Venice’s Lagoon. These are welcome steps in the redevelopment of this area, which was previously designated an industrial zone and is in the process of transformation. Venice’s Mayor Giorgio Orsoni rode the tram in a trial run … Continue reading

Strike called off against canal regulations imposed by Venice City Council

After a 3-day strike by commercial transport boats and taxis in Venice in protest against new regulations for Grand Canal traffic imposed by Venice City Council, an agreement was reached late afternoon on 15 November 2013. The strike started on 13 November and the strikers had indicated they were prepared to persist. A meeting between … Continue reading

Venice needs a subway, not Mayor Orsoni’s “discipline”, “sacrifices” and 26 new canal regulations

Following the tragic crash between a gondola and water bus on Venice’s Grand Canal on 17 August 2013, Venice City Council proposed 26 new regulations on 26 August. The accident killed German university lecturer Jaochim Vogel and threw his family into the water, leading to minor head injuries to his 3-year old daughter. This was … Continue reading

Film of Manchester Salon debate: Modernisation, development and conservation

Modernisation, development and conservation Dominic Standish, Angela Connelly, Tom Jarman and Alex Solk opened up ‘sustainable development’ to some critical thinking, chaired by Jane Leach. This debate was organised by Manchester Salon, partnered by Manchester Society of Architects and was hosted at Manchester School of Architecture on 24 April 2013. The debate addressed topics of … Continue reading

Venice’s first two mobile dams arrive in lagoon for installation

After a couple of months during which there appeared to be little progress in modernising the city, there was an important development with the ‘MoSE’ mobile dam project. The first two barriers for the dam project were transported to the lagoon, entering it at 15.45 on 28 February 2013. They were shipped from their place … Continue reading

Book review of ‘Venice in Environmental Peril? Myth and Reality’

Elisabetta Gasparoni has written a very perceptive and thorough review of my book Venice in Environmental Peril? Myth and Reality (UPA, 2012). This is a link to the review on The Future Cities project website: Venice: Myth and Reality. The review was also re-published by Spiked-online on 30 November 2012 here: Is Venice really sinking? … Continue reading

Development Minister promises Venice high-speed train by end of 2013

Italy’s Minister of Development, Corrado Passera, on 10 July 2012 promised to complete vital high-speed train links to Venice before the end of 2013. This was reported in the local newspaper Corriere del Veneto on 10 July here: Passera: «Progetto Tav entro il 2013» The high-speed train will link Venice, Verona and Padua, with the … Continue reading

Reactions to the cancellation of Pierre Cardin’s Light Palace for Venice

French fashion designer Pierre Cardin had designed a Light Palace for Venice, which is close to where he was born. The Light Palace, or Palais Lumière, was planned to be constructed on the edge of the Marghera industrial areas bordering Venice’s lagoon. But on 28 June 2013, Cardin’s nephew, Rodrigo Basilicati, who is the CEO … Continue reading

Investments agreed to transform Venice’s Marghera industries

A design image for the planned Palais Lumiere in Marghera: Investments totalling €5 billion have been earmarked to transform the Marghera industrial areas bordering Venice’s lagoon. The plan to change the industrial areas was announced on 16 April 2012 and was presented by Italy’s Environment Minister Corrado Clini, the Governor of the Veneto Region Luca … Continue reading

Venice City Council approves Benetton’s conversion of a Venetian palace into a megastore

Venice City Council approved the conversion of an ancient Venetian palace into a shopping mall after a ‘marathon’ meeting late into the night of 11 March 2013. Of 28 councillors, 18 voted in favour, 7 against, 2 abstained and one did not vote. This was reported by the ANSA news agency here: Venezia:ok Comune a … Continue reading

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