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Sorry, we are closed: Empty Venice in the early days of the COVID-19/Coronavirus precautionary “lockdown”

These photographs by Eleonora Sovrani expose the eternal beauty of the city as well as the emptiness created by the absence of tourists but also by the remarkable reduction in residents in recent years. On the other hand some of…

WahV at the Cartagena Cruise Dialogue 2020

WahV was the only NGO to take part in the Cartagena Cruise Dialogue 2020, where we presented “The Venice Paradox” – our analysis of the negative impacts cruise tourism in Venice. The abstract underlines the importance of reformulating the issue…

La Nuova Venezia 14.1.20: “Smog in Venice: Something must be done to limit water traffic”

An article written by Jack Wright And Jane da Mosto has been published in local Venetian newspaper La Nuova Venezia. The piece underlines the link between local air pollution and global climate change, as well as signalling the irony of…

RAI 16.12.2019 High Tide – Report

Italian national broadcaster RAI has explored the causes and impact of high tides in Venice, featuring an interview with Jane da Mosto.   Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp

Polpo London: Christmas Campaign for Venice

The Polpo restaurants in London have chosen We are here Venice as the charity to benefit from their Christmas fundraising campaign and will be generously collecting money from their diners to support our work here in Venice throughout December. Please…

Pellestrina Appeal

We are here Venice is collaborating with Palazzo Polignac to raise funds for the community of Pellestrina. Palazzo Polignac, which hosts cultural and musical events, held a fundraising concert on the 8th of December. You can help the people of…

BBC World Service report 13.11.2019: Extreme Flooding in Venice

Interviewed on the BBC World Service on 13.11.2019 about the dramatic flooding of the city. Water levels reached 1.87cm, the highest level since the devastating flood of 1966. The above image shows how quickly water levels rose up and fell again, measured…

Ethics and Digitalisation Conference 28.10.2019

Jane da Mosto spoke at a conference on Ethics and Digitalisation, held on the island of San Servolo in Venice. Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp

Presentation of the book “SOS Laguna” by Luigi D’Alpaos at the Church of San Lorenzo

We are here Venice, in collaboration with Mare di Carta, organizes the presentation of the book SOS Laguna by Luigi D’Alpaos, Professor Emeritus of Hydraulics at the University of Padua, which will be held Monday, October 21 at 6pm at…

La Nuova Venezia 07.10.19 Tide Forecast and Warning Center of Venice adapts models and signs agreements with two bodies

The collaboration between WahV and the Tide Forecast and Warning Center has been made official. The aim of this cooperation is to facilitate the spread of the Center’s services and the communication of the inevitable uncertainty of forecasts, exacerbated by…

Why the future of Venice depends on the Referendum

On 18 September 2019 the High Court in Rome reversed the decision by the Veneto Region Administrative Tribunal (TAR) to allow the Mayor of Venice to block the Referendum on re-articulation of territorial administration for Venice and Mestre Marghera. WahV…

Clear communication around the cruise ships problem in Venice

WahV is satisfied with all the media contacts that have been coming through since the events of the Summer 2019, triggered by evident incapability of the authorities and governing bodies not just in Venice but nationally and globally, to reign…

The culture sector cannot ignore the underlying need for radical change

In the run-up to the 56th Venice Film Festival, the Director of the Venice Film Festival Alberto Barbera has joined the movement “Let the Mediterranean Breathe”, coordinated by Cittadini per l’aria ONLUS, to signal the urgency of effective policies to reduce the…

How was it for you? (2019)

La Biennale di Venezia is a global cultural event which draws the world’s gaze to Venice. How Was It For You? is an investigation into the ways in which the institution serves the interests of the city and its residents.…

Collettivo Barena Bianca

In 2018 WahV began a collaboration with the artist collective Barena Bianca, following their meeting during a workshop at IUAV Visual Arts dept. Barena Primavera-Estate Barena Primavera-Estate was a workshop produced by We are here Venice and curated by the…

Critical care: Architecture and urbanism for a broken planet (2019)

Critical Care. Architecture and urbanism for a broken planet” is a book published by MIT Press and was an exhibition at  Architekturzentrum Wien edited and  curated by Elke Krasny and  Angelika Fitz. The book was reviewed in Architectural Digest. The book contains 21 case studies as well…

Do we know where Venice is going? a conference organized by Confartigianato, Ateneo Veneto, 15.02.2019

At a conference in February 2019 organised by Confartigianato Venezia on the future for artisan activities, the talented oar maker Saverio Pastor (president of the El Felze association) presented a particularly eloquent paper framing the identity and vocation of Venice as a…

Anchoring the debate about cruise ships

Actions are needed now Coincidentally preceding the crash of the large cruise ship MSC Opera against the dock at San Basilio on June 2, 2019 and the relative worldwide attention to the excesses of tourism, exemplified by the large ships…

The first Artist Residency at the Accademia Galleries, Venice

As conclusion of the artist’s residency, the presentation of Aurale, Brusii per audioguide After three months of his artist residency, Claudio Beorchia presented his works at the Gallerie dell’Accademia on Friday, April 12, and they will be available to the…

Why Venice?

6th December 2018, WahV speaks out regarding the OECD Conference in Venice and appeals to participating institutions to help Venice get a voice as a community. The great and the good have come together today under the auspices of the…

Venezia H20: WahV’s exciting new collaboration with the Peggy Guggenheim Collection

WahV is especially delighted to be collaborating with the Peggy Guggenheim Collection under the umbrella of the Alleanza Italiana per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile. We have devised a set of six family workshops with the Guggenheim’s team of educators on the theme…

London restaurant POLPO support We are here Venice

Polpo, the popular London restaurants inspired by Venetian bacari, are hosting an evening of cocktails and cicchetti at their Notting Hill restaurant on 3rd October, with all proceeds from the event going to We are here Venice. London-based supporters can…

Implications and information gaps of the One Belt One Road project

A telephone interview for the Dutch news-site De Correspondent about the giant Chinese infrastructural project One Belt One Road and the implications for Europe brought to mind the work of Saskia Sassen on the concept of The Global City: Introducing…

Video showing the water displacement from a cruise ship prompts widespread reaction

This video, taken in the small harbour behind the Island of San Giorgio, shows the wide-reaching water displacement of a cruise ship leaving Venice as it passes Sant’Elena:   The video was immediately shared over 180 times on Facebook, provoking widespread…

NBC Today filming at the Arsenale

This morning started with NBC Today in the Galleazze Ovest of the Arsenale. An opportunity to show how Venice’s glorious past can mark the way for the future IF the city authorities open the huge redundant spaces for new productive…

Laguna Viva at the V-A-C Foundation

Laguna Viva opens at the V-A-C Foundation’s Palazzo delle Zattere Laguna Viva is integral to the long-term strategy whereby Palazzo delle Zattere engage with the complexities of everyday life in Venice. V-A-C Foundation commissioned London based collective Assemble, who work across the…

Opening of Antigua & Barbuda’s National Pavilion

Students officially thanked by the Governor General of Antigua and Barbuda Antigua and Barbuda’s inaugural National Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale explores environmental justice as a civil right through an investigation into the acute crisis of climate change.…

Connected – A documentary project on sea level rise

The trailer for Connected, a documentary project on sea level rise, has been released featuring substantial interview material from We are here Venice’s co-founder and Executive Director, Jane da Mosto. Watch the full trailer below: Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp

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Explore our Venice Resource on the Royal Geographical Society Website

The Royal Geographical Society partnered with We are here Venice to produce a Venice module which has now been launched on the Royal Geographical Society’s new website. The resource features videos, fact sheets, podcasts, interviews, activities and lesson plans and…

Beyond artistic display: Art and Law in practice

Moving beyond the sphere of artistic display and exhibition, Venice returns to the forefront of professional development, as illustrated by the series of meetings, ART AND LAW, organised by the Venice Arbitration Chamber. With talks from collectors, museum directors, lawyers and…

Book Launch: Donne come noi

WOMEN LIKE US: 100 STORIES OF ITALIANS WHO HAVE DONE SOMETHING EXCEPTIONAL Donna Moderna, one of Italy’s most popular weekly magazines, are celebrating their 30th anniversary with a book collecting stories of 100 Italian women who, tenaciously, have done something…

Critical research on changes in lagoon circulation

In 2017 a new volume, edited by Luigi D’Alpaos, was released by the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere e Arti containing an important study produced with support from WahV. Analysis of historic tide gauge data from the lagoon-wide network of monitoring stations has…

Let the Mediterranean Breathe

Nitrogen oxide monitoring pilot study Air quality in port cities is a major cause for concern, especially as more evidence emerges from epidemiological studies that show a direct correlation between illnesses associated with air pollution and proximity of homes to…

Outcome of the long-awaited Government decision on the future for cruiseships (Comitatone 7.11.2017)

It has been a long wait since the last Comitatone (the inter-ministerial committee for planning, coordinating and monitoring Safeguarding of the Venice Lagoon) in August 2014, and yet a definite solution is as elusive as ever, even though the Minister…

European meeting of the movements for the defense of territories, environmental justice and democracy

We are here Venice, together with the author Amitav Ghosh quoted here, endorses this call by the Comitato No Grandi Navi – Laguna Bene Comune, for the meeting of 23rd September at the Magazzini del Sale, Venice: Here in Venice,…

The mayor of Civitavecchia invites the Government and the mayors of other port cities to intervene for limiting atmospheric emissions

We are here Venice fully shares the following request expressed by Cittadini per l’aria and asks to the local institutions in Venice, like the Port Authority, the Venice Passengers Terminal, the mayor, how they intend to proceed. In this case…

Can UNESCO’s World Heritage Programme really help save Venice?

Venice and its Lagoon was declared a World Heritage site in 1987. In 2014 the UNESCO World Heritage Committee expressed concern about the way various institutions are (mis)managing the site and since then a lot of effort has been invested…

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XLSemanal 30.06.2019 Donna Leon “Lo de Venecia es grotesco”

Interview with the writer Donna Leon about the situation in Venice, threatened by cruise ships and mass tourism. An analysis of the problems to be solved urgently to safeguard the city by Jane Da Mosto, who also describes the activity…

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ELLE France 27.06.2019 Mort à Venise ?

Will its beauty mark its end? Cruise ships and mass tourism are increasingly threatening the lagoon ecosystem. The Venetians are trying to resist to protect their jewel. Jane da Mosto describes the particularity of the Venetian lagoon system and explains…

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How was it for you? (2019)

La Biennale di Venezia is a global cultural event which draws the world’s gaze to Venice. How Was It For You? is an investigation into the ways in which the institution serves the interests of the city and its residents.…

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Information spreading through several media channels

On June 2 2019 the 65,000t MSC Opera cruise ship lost control and crashed into the River Countess barge at San Basilio. The world is waiting for Venice to be spared the nightmare of large cruise ships in the lagoon…

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Il fatto quotidiano 24.06.2019 Large ships and small ideas: Venice 5 years for the stop

"After the collision of June 2 Toninelli had promised: "Stop the giants of the sea within the month." That's why it will take years. Meanwhile, the cruise business flies, but the number of crimes on board increases. Jane da Mosto…

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Daily Mail 20.06.2019 Is this the death of Venice?

“IS THIS THE DEATH OF VENICE” by David Jones appeared in the UK newspaper The Daily Mail on 20.6.2019. It prompted a massive response which we have distilled here, based on the most-rated online comments. There is overwhelming support for…

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Professional internship at the Soprintendenza Archeologia, Belle Arti e Paesaggio for the City of Venice and the Lagoon

On September 30, 2018, the first professional internship at the Soprintendenza Archeologia, Belle Arti e Paesaggio for the City of Venice and the Lagoon was completed, with the support of We are here Venice, which facilitated the framework agreement between…

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International symposia and conferences

"Sea Change" Conference in Blackpool, UK Laura Onofri, environmental economist, presented the paper "Venice helps save the World" in collaboration with We are here Venice about the potential of the lagoon ecosystem as a carbonsink — at the "Sea Change"…

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The Art Newspaper 10.06.2019 How the art world is going green

Those within the art world who advocate for environmentally friendly practices are finding a sector willing to do its part. Jane da Mosto intervenes on the limits of material recycling after the Biennale because of the absence of dedicated spaces.…

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Collettivo Barena Bianca

In 2018 WahV began a collaboration with the artist collective Barena Bianca, following their meeting during a workshop at IUAV Visual Arts dept. Barena Primavera-Estate Barena Primavera-Estate was a workshop produced by We are here Venice and curated by the…

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Orientation for students from all over the world

"Nothing to see here", Sandberg Institute, Venice 22.09.2019 WahV meets the students of the Design Department of the Sandberg Institute to share their point of view on the dynamics of the city and stimulate a dialogue with the group of…

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Associated Press 03.06.2019 Venice, Budapest crashes renew debate on cruise ship safety

Cruise industry officials long insisted that ship accidents wouldn’t happen in Venice’s busy Giudecca Canal, saying guiding tugboats and technology ensured safety. The 65,500-ton cruise ship that crashed into a much smaller riverboat docked along the canal on Sunday proved…

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New York Post 02.06.2019 American among injured in Venice cruise ship crash

Shocking video shows tourists toppling from a sightseeing boat after it was rammed by a runaway cruise ship trying to dock in Italy’s Venice canal Sunday — with one of the victims an American. The MSC Opera cruise liner repeatedly…

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The beginning of peak tourist season in Venice and media coverage

Spring marks the beginning of peak tourist season in Venice. Flows aren’t going to reduce before mid-winter. WahV consulted with Israeli TV for their series of news reports on overtourism in European hotspots: Venice, Barcelona, Dubrovnik. It is striking to…

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The National 12.06.2019 Scotland and Venice: How Scottish art became a key part of the international festival.

The Biennale by itself attracts more than 615,000 people to the city, and in a new report, We Are Here Venice say: "While the Biennale might draw the world’s gaze to Venice, it is of vital importance to investigate how…

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Vogue 10.05.2019 An Insider’s Guide To The Venice Biennale

A jewel in the crown of the international art scene, the Venice Biennale runs from early May until late November. Here, seven Biennale experts share their insider tips with Vogue – from what to see to where to eat. “So…

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artnet news 06.05.2019 There’s a Flood of Climate Change-Related Art at the Venice Biennale. Can It Make a Difference—Or Is It Adding to the Problem?

Local advocates say they wish more exhibitors would ask them how to minimize their environmental impact instead of simply asking them to participate in panel discussions. Read the article here.

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Financial Times 03.05.2019 A step forward for Venice’s Accademia Gallery — with its first living artist

Read here the article on the Financial Times.

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Critical care: Architecture and urbanism for a broken planet (2019)

Critical Care. Architecture and urbanism for a broken planet” is a book published by MIT Press and was an exhibition at  Architekturzentrum Wien edited and  curated by Elke Krasny and  Angelika Fitz. The book was reviewed in Architectural Digest. The book contains 21 case studies as well…

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Do we know where Venice is going? a conference organized by Confartigianato, Ateneo Veneto, 15.02.2019

At a conference in February 2019 organised by Confartigianato Venezia on the future for artisan activities, the talented oar maker Saverio Pastor (president of the El Felze association) presented a particularly eloquent paper framing the identity and vocation of Venice as a…

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Artribune 20.04.2019 What the viewers say. The Venetian artist’s residence of Claudio Beorchia

On April 12 the first artist's residence of the Gallerie dell'Accademia di Venezia was completed, in collaboration with the Accademia di Belle Arti and We Are Here Venice, giving life to Aurale. Claudio Beorchia (Vercelli, 1979), the selected artist, played…

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Artribune 18.03.2019 The first art residency at the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice. The project by Claudio Beorchia

WahV supports the first art residency at the Gallerie dell'Accademia Read the article.

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Venice is a real city

‘Venice is a real city’ is a campaign and research project that began in September 2017 to develop a clearer idea of what it is that makes Venice. A sociological study is underway exploring the existing characteristics that people are attached to, their memories, and future aspirations for…

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Picnic in and for the Arsenale di Venezia

Sunday 10 March 2019, Giardino delle Vergini and the Darsena Grande The idea for this picnic was totally spontaneous, in response to the Circolo Italo- Britannico’s request that we help occupy their guests: Marcus Binney, Executive President of SAVE Britain’s…

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Anchoring the debate about cruise ships

Actions are needed now Coincidentally preceding the crash of the large cruise ship MSC Opera against the dock at San Basilio on June 2, 2019 and the relative worldwide attention to the excesses of tourism, exemplified by the large ships…

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We are here Venice becomes a member of ASviS

The Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development’s mission is to raise the awareness of the Italian society, economic stakeholders and institutions on the importance of the Global Agenda for sustainable development, bringing together actors who already deal with specific aspects related to the…

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The first Artist Residency at the Accademia Galleries, Venice

As conclusion of the artist's residency, the presentation of Aurale, Brusii per audioguide After three months of his artist residency, Claudio Beorchia presented his works at the Gallerie dell’Accademia on Friday, April 12, and they will be available to the…

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Support for craftmanship

LAGUNA cushion Chiarastella Cattana has produced a special cushion dedicated to the Venice lagoon, as a "memento of the people, the rhythms of the seasons, traditional fishing that are part of a complex ecosystem that is now so vulnerable". 10%…

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Is the M9 ‘micro smart city’ the future for Venice?

WahV speaks about the recent opening in Mestre of the M9 museum, the first digital one in Italy. Will this museum connect Venice and Mestre and offer takeaways for other European cities too? Read the article here.

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Why Venice?

6th December 2018, WahV speaks out regarding the OECD Conference in Venice and appeals to participating institutions to help Venice get a voice as a community. The great and the good have come together today under the auspices of the…

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Discussing about the Venice’s ecosystem with the students and professors from Colorado College

WahV met the students from Colorado College in the frame of their the course “Introduction to Global Climate Change”. Among the fundamentals of the Earth system, the natural forces that drive Earth’s climate,  the paleoclimate records, the students had the…

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New ways to show appreciation of the Venice lagoon: support from craftmanship

Chiarastella Cattana has produced a special cushion dedicated to the Venice lagoon, as a "memento of the people, the rhythms of the seasons, traditional fishing that are part of a complex ecosystem that is now so vulnerable". 10% of sales…

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LUXOS, 01.11.18: Fun, Fashion, Art and Education Unite in Venezia H20

Cat Bauer writes about We are here Venice's collaboration with the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in LUXOS Magazine. The first workshop in the Venezia H2O series was held at the Naval Historical Museum in Venice. View the full article here and extracts…

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La Nuova Venezia 25.10.2018 A “guardian” at the museum to spy on visitors’ reactions

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Venice and the Rhino, Palazzo Contarini Polignac

On 24th November 2018, Jane da Mosto took part in the symposium Beauty and the Beast: Venice and the Rhino at Palazzo Contarini Polignac with a talk titled Venice: A Fragile and Resilient City Venice is a paradoxical city built right in the…

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Venezia H20: WahV’s exciting new collaboration with the Peggy Guggenheim Collection

WahV is especially delighted to be collaborating with the Peggy Guggenheim Collection under the umbrella of the Alleanza Italiana per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile. We have devised a set of six family workshops with the Guggenheim’s team of educators on the theme…

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WahV and the Venice Fellows

This is the second year that WahV has been asked by the British Council to provide orientation sessions to their Venice Fellows, as a Supporting Partner. The students and researchers come to work at the British Pavilion during the Biennale…

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Venezia 2100, Motherboard / Vice video

Motherboard have made a documentary called ‘Venezia 2100’ on the prospects of the historic city of Venice in the face of climate change. Talking to researchers, shopkeepers and Venetian citizens, it seeks to understand how Venice is preparing itself to confront…

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Working with the local community on climate change

Climathon Venice 2018 – Ideas and strategies for reducing resource use and waste in Venice Venice Science Park - Edificio Porta dell'Innovazione Via della Libertà, 12 - Marghera-Venice (VE) - October 25 / 26, 2018 The third edition of Venice…

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London restaurant POLPO support We are here Venice

Polpo, the popular London restaurants inspired by Venetian bacari, are hosting an evening of cocktails and cicchetti at their Notting Hill restaurant on 3rd October, with all proceeds from the event going to We are here Venice. London-based supporters can…

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Architecture New Zealand, 09/10.18: Up on the roof in Venice

Laguna Viva is featured in Colin Martin's review of the Biennale in the September/October issue of Architecture New Zealand. "At the 12th International Architecture Exhibition in 2012, in association with muf architecture, Jane da Mosto (We Are Here Venice) installed a…

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Mapping the City with the University at Buffalo

We are here Venice was very pleased to be invited by the University at Buffalo to participate in their "Mapping the City" workshop during their two-week study abroad programme in August. We are here Venice's So Young Han joined 15 students…

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Architecture New Zealand 1.9.2018

The September/October issue of Architecture New Zealand featured Laguna Viva in their review of the Biennale here: Architecture New Zealand: Up on the roof in Venice

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Financial Times 4.8.2018

Rachel Spence's article on the Financial Times; read here the entire article.

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