source: World Monument Fund
Venice is living on borrowed time. In 2020, COVID-19 brought tourism in Venice to a halt, damaging the economy while giving the city a respite from the regular onslaught of tourists. The pandemic highlighted the precarity of the city’s position, dependent on a tourist economy that has rendered the city uninhabitable for many and has caused continuous damage to the built environment. At the same time, rising sea levels pose an existential threat, necessitating fundamental changes to Venice’s architectural and infrastructural fabric.
There are numerous proposed responses to the challenges facing Venice, from the sea wall to strategies for sustainable tourism. But will these solutions be enough? In the face of mass tourism and climate change, the question is not how to preserve Venice, but rather, how will it change? And, what needs to happen now to curb its impending loss?
Join us on Thursday, March 25 for an in-depth discussion on the monumental obstacles Venice is facing and the seismic shifts in mindsets and actions it will take to overcome them. Featuring Jane da Mosto, environmental scientist and Executive Director of NGO We are here Venice; Tomás Saraceno, visual artist and activist; and David Landau, respected scholar, curator, philanthropist, and author. The discussion will be moderated by Bénédicte de Montlaur, President and CEO of World Monuments Fund.
Date: Thursday, March 25
Time: 12:00 pm (EDT) // 4:00 pm (GMT)
Location: Virtual Event via Zoom
This event is free and open to the public with an RSVP.