Title: “There are perhaps two types of cities - Code: A5W8Y9
Contest: Venice / 2011
By: O. Vodenicharska / Y. Rachovska / Y. Wang

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“There are perhaps two types of cities



“There are perhaps two types of cities: those that through the years and the changes continue to give form to desire, and those in which desires either erase the city or are erased by it” Due to the seemingly inevitable course of nature, it is likely that Venice would be submerged in water – a natural process, that could act as a catalyst  in the  emergence of modified urban typologies. Venice is freed from its clichés, and the tourist’s routine perception. As the mirrored city slowly becomes the city in the mirror, what is left is a mere projected image, embraced by empty water, reminiscence for the tourists.

Suspended observation deck:

The only points remaining above water – the bell towers – retain their original function of panoramic oculi.

They remain the consistent supporting armature for the tourist promenade, now floating above the rising water level.

Their presence at every church and major square sustains each popular destination for the restless curiosity of the

foreign admirer. The use of existing structures as anchors for a new experiential sequence maintains the connection

between old and new / submerged and transformed.

Underwater binoculars:

These are structures that extend the function of the already existing archaic water wells. As they emerge above the high water level,

they facilitate the flow of rain water to the underground purification wells . They become transparent underwater museum

corridors through the submerged city fabric. The binocular latches on to an archaic infrastructure to become the memory device and experiential window to the flooded city. Acting as a vertical connector between fluctuating water levels, the binoculars preserve on typical characteristic of the old city while providing a dynamic experiential window to the inaccessible world buried under water.

Spider web travelators:

As water level rises, floor levels become inaccessible, unoccupiable. Extensions connecting one window to another over the rising canal develop. They span across, attaching from opening to opening, a forced evolution of the bridge typology. They become hybridized bridges spanning between the fluctuatingly occupiable spaces. The system is a mode for adaptability of the existing urban fabric.

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Title: “There are perhaps two types of cities

Time: 7 giugno 2011
Category: Venice
Views: 4370 Likes: 0

Tags: Business , Environment , Rain , Tourism , Venice , Water , Water level , Water Resources