Dedicated to Francesco Valcanover.
Exhibitions, publications and discussions to explore the life of Piazza San Marco, within the project ‘Aqua Granda 1966 – 2016’ of the City of Venice at the Olivetti Showroom and Piazza San Marco Area.
4 November 2016 to 8 January 2017.
Promoted by FAI – Fondo Ambiente Italiano, Delegazione di Venezia (The National Trust of Italy, Venice delegation) in collaboration with Associazione Piazza San Marco and Venice IUAV Architecture University. Curated by We are here Venice.
Given its commitment to environmental issues, the FAI in collaboration with Associazione Piazza San Marco and the NGO We Are Here Venice, is part of a set of initiatives coordinated by the City of Venice to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the great flood of 4th November 1966, with the project L’acqua e la Piazza, dedicated to Francesco Valcanover. The project has been developed and curated by We Are Here Venice.
Instead of revisiting the dramatic days of the great flood, L’acqua e la Piazza tells a story with many voices about the relationship between Venetians, the water and the heart of the city, Piazza San Marco. The Piazza is presented as a place for the people, full of values and meanings, combining the life that goes on in the area with its primary elements, water and stone, and with the memory that runs through its monumental heritage.
An analysis of the Piazza’s daily life also highlights a place that suffers from more and more flooding, prompting reflections about its future. The project revolves around the Olivetti Showroom, managed by FAI, and also involves several other locations in the area surrounding Piazza San Marco.
Acqua in Piazza is a multi-site exhibition curated by We are here Venice and Eleonora Sovrani exploring flooding and everyday life of businesses, also described in a new book by Jane Da Mosto with Giannandrea Mencini.
Two volumes have been published by lineadacqua. Copies can be purchased at the Olivetti Showroom in Piazza San Marco during the exhibition, or ordered online here.
Ritorno in Piazza €15
Acqua in Piazza €12
Recommended Special Offer: both volumes €22
Ritorno in Piazza with contributions by Monica Centanni and Paolo Coltro is a catalogue of the exhibition. Click the images for sample pages in pdf format (3MB).
Acqua in Piazza by Jane da Mosto with Giannandrea Mencini on trends and adaptations to water levels and flooding, to further our understanding of the phenomenon of the tides in Venice as well as future prospects for the life of the Piazza. Click the images for sample pages in pdf format (4MB).
Interdisciplinary discussions and a student workshop
Two public meetings are planned in December involving experts from different fields to consider the Piazza’s future. In November, a team from IUAV Architecture University (Dipartimento di Culture del Progetto) led by Prof. Monica Centanni is running a special workshop on spatial design and video editing, in collaboration with FAI national headquarters.
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