Venice: past, present, future
Tuesday 28 February, 6.30pm
Venice: past, present, future
A talk with Luca Cosentino, Claire Judde de Larivière e Maddalena Vatti
Italo Calvino once said that if we only consider Venice’s historical and artistic appeal we will only ever grasp this one aspect of the city, important but limited, and that “Venice captures our imagination with the power of a living archetype, almost utopian”. He saw Venice as an urban and social model. Today, when the future that Calvino referred to is the present, Venice is still a city that cannot be understood without blending its millennial history with the new environmental challenges it faces and with the social fabric which make it a melting-pot of historical, political and planning issues, which seem to anticipate or amplify what is happening everywhere else in the world.
All of this will be discussed in depth by the three speakers who will explore what Venice has been in the past and what it is in the present day, and will consider the increasingly urgent choices that are needed in the immediate future.
Italian Cultural Institute, 39 Belgrave Square, SW1X 8NX London
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