Bêka & Lemoine’s latest film shows Venice’s worst flood in half a century

Architectural filmmakers Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine have released footage from a film, showing the impact of flooding in Venice. The duo, known for films including Koolhaas Houselife and Moriyama-San, have released a two-minute trailer for their latest movie. It contains recent footage showing the streets of Venice under water, including the whole of Piazza San Marco. […]

Santiago Calatrava fined for “gross negligence” of Ponte della Costituzione design

An Italian court has fined Santiago Calatrava €78,000 for negligence during the design of the glass and steel Ponte della Costituzione over the Grand Canal in Venice. The Court of Auditors ruled that the Catalan architect was responsible for decisions that led to the 94-metre-long pedestrian bridge being over budget and incurring higher that predicted maintenance costs. According […]

“Locals in Venice are feeling increasingly left out of the conversation”

As David Chipperfield begins the next stage of the restoration of the Procuratie Vecchie on Piazza San Marco in Venice, James Imam asks if architects can save cities straining to deal with increasing tourist numbers. David Chipperfield’s restoration of the Procuratie Vecchie is a declaration of solidarity with Venice’s residents. The city is besieged by hordes of […]

10 unmissable installations and exhibitions at the Venice Art Biennale 2019

With the 58th Venice Art Biennale now underway, design reporter Natashah Hitti picks out the exhibitions, pavilions and installations that are most likely to appeal to architects and designers, from giant hands to an artificial beach. Having grown steadily since its establishment in 1895, the Venice Art Biennale has become a city-wide event, with many works on […]

Virgil Abloh presents sinking furniture at Carpenters Workshop Gallery show in Venice

Fashion designer Virgil Abloh addresses the issue of rising sea-levels in an installation of sinking furniture on show during this year’s Venice Art Biennale. Abloh is just one of 23 designers and artists featured in the Dysfunctional exhibition of more than 50 works, which is being held by the Carpenters Workshop Gallery (CWG) for the […]

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