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

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

CityCity Magazine feature ‘Venice: a shifting metaphor for the human condition’

Below the article ‘Venice: a shifting metaphor for the human condition’ by Dominic Standish is reproduced from CityCity Magazine, Issue 3, Autumn 2013. For the full issue including the other articles please refer to wwww.citycitymagazine.com and contact the Editor, William Arthurs. CityCity Magazine, in the Autumn 2013 Issue, also published a book review of Venice … Continue reading

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

The following review was published in the Autumn 2013 Issue Three of CityCity Magazine in London. Venice in Environmental Peril? Myth and Reality Dominic Standish University Press of America, 2012 Paperback £22-95 306 pp 978-0761856641 Reviewed by Federica Palomba, Sapienza University of Rome Venice is generally thought of as a city in environmental peril because … Continue reading

Venice’s ‘MOSE’ mobile dams; First test for 4 barriers successful

Four mobile barriers of Venice’s dam project have been tested at the North Lido inlet where the Venetian lagoon meets the Adriatic Sea. This test was successfully completed on 12 October 2013 and images of the first four of a total 78 barriers can be viewed in this link: Mose, si alzano le prime paratoie … Continue reading

Venice, the Caribbean and New York: the storms that blew away rationalism

Following weeks of high flooding in Venice, the Caribbean and New York, the article below was published by Spiked-Online on 19 November 2012. You can click on this link to the original publication: The storm that blew away rationalism The storm that blew away rationalism The belief that recent storms were caused by climate change … 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

Funds assigned to complete Venice’s mobile dams in 2016

This week Venice has witnessed very high flooding again. On Monday 15 October, high tides reached 110 cm above zero on Venice’s tide meter, which is the level designated as a high flood alert. Approximately 12 percent of the historical city was under water, as reported in the Venetian newspaper Il Gazzettino di Venezia on … Continue reading

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