In a city known for its antimodern character, where it is extremely difficult to create new architectural spaces, the challenge and the opportunity to reinvent urban sites given by Progetto Venezia is praised by many. Approximately 1500 participants from all over the world apply for the selection. The theme is extended to other areas of Veneto and Friuli as well as Venice itself. Peter Eisenman’s suggestion, that is to re-elaborate the history and the legend of Romeo and Juliet, and Libeskind’s intervention designs for Palmanova, are among the most interesting examples this Biennale offered.
The theme that got much of the interest from participating architects is the invitation to re-design the Accademia Bridge on the Grand Canal. The possible suggestions go from those that are still anchored to Venetian artistic roots, such as the Venturi/Rauch/Scott-Brown’s one, to those creating innovative architectural movements, such as those of Franco Purini and Costantino Dardi.
The diversity of points of view collected at the Padiglione Italia at the Giardini, the significant participation among young people and all the energies mobilized by the third Architecture Biennale, testify the high profile quality level reached by is exhibitions.
Stone Lions for the winners of Progetto Venezia: