2018 THE VIRGINIA ARCHITECTURE MAGAZINE

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CULTURAL CONFLUENCES OF CITIZENS, TOURISTS, AND REFUGEES

Anne Chen | ARCH 4020 | Spring 2016

People coming together in shared spaces to see and be seen is a manifestation of culture. My thesis is to study false dichotomies among current conflicts in society, such as citizen and tourist, the residuals of industrial development and the potentials to reclaim the vestiges for refugee housing, food production, and culture exchange. In order to address these conflicts, I chose Venice as my site of investigation and exploration of the imagination and the imaginable from perspectives of three critically distinct groups - the citizens, the tourists, and the refugees.

 

FRAGMENTS OF INFRASTRUCTURE

 

“The imaginary often interacts with the future in Venice. There are some strange modern structures that add variety to the landscape (the huge abandoned gas containers overlooking the cloister of San Francesco della Vigna).”

 

-- Secret Gardens in Venice, Gianni Berengo Gardin

 

Vestiges of the industrial development is now asked to claim space for inhabitation. Fragments of existing structure frames give the public space a special quality of light and visual connection within and out to the city. This project demonstrates the potential of the abandoned industrial infrastructure to be built in stages over time according to need of inhabitation and public facilities. The rigid structure remains permanent while carrying with them certain flexibility of rearrangement and growth.