On Sunday, 4 December 2016, Italians voted in a referendum to reject constitutional reforms supported by previous Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his government. This vote led to the resignation of Renzi and the establishment of a caretaker government with new elections likely in February 2017 after the Constitutional Court examines a new electoral law … Continue reading
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FILM OF DEBATE: Modernisation, development and conservation. Click on the image below to view this film
Book review of Roger Scruton’s ‘Green Philosophy’: weaknesses in thinking seriously about the planet. Click on the image below to read the review
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Book Review of ‘Venice in Environmental Peril? Myth and Reality’ by Elisabetta Gasparoni. Click on the image below to read the review on Spiked Review of Books
‘Plumbing the depths: the battle for the oceans’. Debate at ‘Battle of Ideas’ Conference, Barbican, London, 17 October 2015. Click on image below for 6 minute film of introductory remarks by Dominic Standish
‘Plumbing the depths: the battle for the oceans’. Click on ‘Battle of Ideas’ image below for debate speaker and topic details, plus a Soundcloud link to listen to the debate.
Inside Venice’s bid to hold back the tide – my comments in The Guardian newspaper website. Click on the picture below to go to the article
Film of debate: ‘Death in Venice: Is Tourism Killing or Saving the City?’ Click on the image below to view this film
New York Times/International Herald Tribune. Comments on Pierre Cardin’s proposed LIght Palace for Venice. Click on the image below to read the article
Saving and modernizing Venice represents the challenge of rescuing human achievement.
“In the fall of Venice think of thine.”
Lord George Gordon Byron, 'Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage,' Canto IV, (2008 , 153).
André Chastel, the French art historian, referred to “the Venetian challenge: the central episode of the crisis of modern civilization” (cited by Andrea Rinaldo in 'Sustainable Venice: Suggestions for the Future,' edited by Ignazio Musu, 2001, 61).
“Never like today has Venice spoken to historians and men in general in a language more real and universal, offering experience of a microcosm that goes along a path full of dilemmas, of a relationship that is risky and perennially precarious with nature.”
Piero Bevilacqua, Italian historian, La Sapienza University of Rome ('Venezia e le acque. Una metafora planetaria,' 2000, 20).
‘Italy: Renewables Policy as a Barrier to Energy Innovation.’ Click on the image below for a link to the paper