Alfredo Bianchini, President of the Vedova Foundation, for #RiscrivereilFuturo and Venice imagines a social and demographic rebuilt that will make the city be inhabited by true relations.
How do you envision Venice in the future?
Venice’s forma Urbis does not certainly allow for common changes, such as structural reconversions that depend on new development models. Venice has always faced this issue and as the world goes on, Venice moves away from it blocked in its own conformation. What can really grow in Venice is the thinking: it is the idea of Venice that needs to be recreated. What we must get from this situation is the opportunity to reflect and rethink Venice.
What can politics and the citizens do for a rebirth of Venice?
The rebirth starts from having ideas for a multiple reconstruction of the city. Venice must return to express pluralism. Unfortunately, the phenomenon of continuous demolition has, since the post-war period, impoverished and transformed Venice into an empty city, without local people and without entire social categories, favoring only tourism.
It is necessary to create poles of activity that will create real and concrete residential possibilities. Scientific and cultural production centers must be created, not just tourist attractions or shop windows: certain paradigms must be turned upside down, no more culture only as exhibitions or science as simple congresses. Cultural and scientific thinking must be generated. Only by doing so do we move towards a demographic and social reconstruction that brings the city back to life with true relationships.
Could you propose a specific idea in at least one of these areas: environment, housing, work, culture, safety, tourism?
Residential situations accessible to young families must be created, connected to specific jobs as for instance: craft schools, specialization centers, specific technical degrees, and centers for the treatment of infectious diseases. All studying subjects and forms that could be especially important in the future and would bring a certain type of demographic and social reconstruction to Venice, but also to the metropolitan city.
This can be done, also from an architectural perspective. I am thinking of the magnificent book by Egle Renata Trincanato, “Venezia minore”, which investigates residential typologies and hosting complexes that have been transformed into houses. The study has the merit of analyzing and highlighting the modernity of the structure of these buildings and the aesthetic and social uniqueness of that architecture. We could take inspiration from it and create a new form of city housing.
Furthermore, the Municipality could be provided with special funds for the properties repurchase, and a new public residential building strategy could be set up, aimed at renewing the demographic growth also benefiting young couples.
Di più, si potrebbe dotare il Comune di fondi speciali per il riacquisto di immobili, e configurare una nuova strategia di edilizia residenziale pubblica, finalizzata a rinnovare l’incremento demografico cittadino, anche a vantaggio di giovani coppie.
Lawyer Alfredo Bianchini, President of Fondazione Emilio e Annabianca Vedova
For the #RiscrivereilFuturo project Venice Venezia da Vivere and Associazione Piazza San Marco have interviewed entrepreneurs, curators, cultural institution directors, university deans and teachers, hoteliers, event organizers and citizens, who live and work in Venice. An open debate with the citizens to create a city in harmony with the environment, work and its civitas.
The photos are by Settimo Cannatella, @seventhsoul, for Venezia da Vivere.