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

Venice Fun Park Project Presented

A proposed fun park for Venice was presented on the evening of 7 March 2014. The event was organised by the company Zamperla, which is jointly working with Venice University on the project. Although it has been suggested that the fun park would include a roller coaster and a ferris wheel, industrialist Alberto Zamperla stressed … 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

Veneto Court rejects national restrictions on cruise ships navigating Venice lagoon

The Veneto regional court (TAR) accepted a request to suspend restrictions on large cruise ships passing through the Venetian lagoon on 17 March 2014. The request had been submitted by the organisation Venice Terminal Passengers (VTP) that manages passengers for the Port of Venice, in addition to several companies working in the port and a … Continue reading

Futuristic Vision for a City Rooted in the Past: my comments in NYT/IHT article on Venice & Cardin’s Palace

The article below was written by Elisabetta Povoledo and published in the New York Times and International Herald Tribune on 6/7 December 2012: The original can be accessed from this link: VENICE JOURNAL: Futuristic Vision for a City Rooted in the Past Futuristic Vision for a City Rooted in the Past By ELISABETTA POVOLEDO VENICE … Continue reading

Mayor of Venice reveals possible new solution to cruise ship ‘problem’

Giorgio Orsoni, Venice’s Mayor, has revealed that he has commissioned a study to investigate establishing a new maritime port for cruise ships at Marghera, which is on the mainland side of the Venetian lagoon. This proposal was outlined during a meeting on 2 October 2012 between the Mayor and representatives of the “No Big Ships” … 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

Tourism leads job growth in the Venice province

Despite the deepening Italian recession, the number of job opportunities is doubling in the province of Venice – mostly thanks to tourism. Italy has just experienced its third consecutive financial quarter of economic contraction after two consecutive quarters of recession in the second half of 2011. This confirms that Italy has moved beyond recession towards … 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

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