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LOCATIONS
VENICE

by GORDON S. GRICE, OAA, FRAIC

Venice: San Giorgio Maggiore and cruise ship.
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The salt breeze, the white moaning sea-birds, the masses of black weed
separating and disappearing gradually, in knots of heaving shoal, under
the advance of the steady tide, all proclaimed it to be indeed the ocean
on whose bosom the great city rested so calmly;...
- John Ruskin, The Stones of Venice Vol. II, The Sea Stories, chapter. 1, §1
[written sometime between 1851 and 1853]

t would be hard to contemplate the marriage of water and architecture without
considering Venice. Unlike the world's other canal cities, Venice is not only punctuated by water, it is entirely bracketed by it. In fact, this "Floating City" gives every
appearance of being supported by water. As we know, this support, after 1700 years,
appears to be failing. If Venice were actually resting on the tide, as Ruskin observed,
it would rise and fall with the changing water level. But it rests on wood and stone
foundations, steadily eroded by the agitation of cruise ships, the sinking of wells for
industrial purposes and the constant assault of time. While the city slowly sinks, the
water rises, flooding walkways, plazas and precious buildings.
The inundation of Venice continues and intensifies. In 2019, the high waters peaked
at 1.87 metres (7 cm less than the 50-year record set in 1966). It has been reported
that had the much-anticipated flood barrier system been completed as scheduled in
2018, the estimated €1 billion in damage might have been avoided. No one seems
to know when the system will be completed, if ever. And will it be in time to meet the
increasing challenges of global warming?
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Water
Index to Advertisers
Locations
The Right Angle Journal - Spring 2020 - Intro
The Right Angle Journal - Spring 2020 - cover1
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The Right Angle Journal - Spring 2020 - Water
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The Right Angle Journal - Spring 2020 - Index to Advertisers
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