Saving us  from   Saving Venice Prof. Fabio Carrera Worcester Polytechnic Institute Venice Project Center [email_address] ...
20 yrs of projects
Two questions <ul><li>What’s in Peril? </li></ul><ul><li>Where is the Peril coming from? </li></ul>
What’s in Peril? <ul><li>The entire city? </li></ul><ul><li>Its monuments? </li></ul><ul><li>Its inhabitants? </li></ul><u...
Where’s the Peril  coming from? <ul><li>The water? </li></ul><ul><li>The tourists? </li></ul><ul><li>The Venetians themsel...
Is  WATER  going to destroy… <ul><li>The entire city? </li></ul><ul><li>Its monuments? </li></ul><ul><li>Its inhabitants? ...
 
DaTE The 10 highest tides recorded in Venice since 1920hEIGHT November 4, 1966 194 December 22, 1979 166 February 1, 1986 ...
 
 
41 gates 19 gates 18 gates
The citizens of Venice have been begging for this since 1966…
The citizens of Venice have been begging for this since 1966…
The citizens of Venice have been begging for this since 1966… The Venice City Council has consistently voted AGAINST the p...
But at least it will solve the Acqua Alta problem  once and for all…
But at least it will solve the Acqua Alta problem  once and for all…
But at least it will solve the Acqua Alta problem  once and for all… It is a stopgap measure that may last 100 years… at b...
 
Permanent “Dutch” solution?
What’s in Peril? <ul><li>The entire city? </li></ul><ul><li>Its monuments? </li></ul><ul><li>Its inhabitants? </li></ul><u...
Monuments will be spared certain destruction…
Monuments will be spared certain destruction…
Monuments will be spared certain destruction… The difference in actual damage between water vs. moisture has not been quan...
What’s in Peril? <ul><li>The entire city? </li></ul><ul><li>Its monuments? </li></ul><ul><li>Its inhabitants? </li></ul><u...
But at least the flood gates will save lives…
But at least the flood gates will save lives…
But at least the flood gates will save lives… Nobody has ever died of a flood in Venice…
Little known fact:  the project is fully funded by an Arabian oil prince…
Little known fact:  the project is fully funded by an Arabian oil prince…
Little known fact:  the project is fully funded by an Arabian oil prince… The Italian Government is channeling  billions o...
The cost of Saving Venice Current cost = 5.64 billion USD
€ uros € uros € uros
Is it worth the cost? Let’s compare the flood gates to something closer to home (in Massachusetts)…
The Mass. equivalent <ul><li>natural event </li></ul><ul><li>occasional and ephemeral </li></ul><ul><li>costly and disrupt...
The Mass. equivalent <ul><li>natural events </li></ul><ul><li>occasional and ephemeral </li></ul><ul><li>costly and disrup...
 
What’s in Peril? <ul><li>The entire city? </li></ul><ul><li>Its monuments? </li></ul><ul><li>Its inhabitants? </li></ul><u...
Monuments in Peril?
Monuments in Peril?
 
What’s in Peril? <ul><li>The entire city? </li></ul><ul><li>Its monuments? </li></ul><ul><li>Its inhabitants? </li></ul><u...
Monuments in peril?
Monuments in peril? Nah!  Coke will save us.
So…what’s  really  in Peril? <ul><li>The entire city? </li></ul><ul><li>Its monuments? </li></ul><ul><li>Its inhabitants? ...
So…what’s  really  in Peril? <ul><li>The entire city? </li></ul><ul><li>Its monuments? </li></ul><ul><li>Its inhabitants? ...
So…what’s  really  in Peril? <ul><li>The entire city? </li></ul><ul><li>Its monuments? </li></ul><ul><li>Its inhabitants? ...
Where’s the Peril  coming from? <ul><li>The water? </li></ul><ul><li>The tourists… </li></ul><ul><li>The Venetians themsel...
 
structures: 191 beds: 11208
structures: 202 beds: 11615
structures: 274  beds: 12379
structures: 331  beds: 12974
structures: 416 beds: 14217
structures: 502  beds: 15322
structures: 632 beds: 16149
structures: 834  beds: 17216
structures: 1048  beds: 19145
structures: 1516  beds: 22935
 
 
???
Which flood to stop?
 
Where’s the Peril  coming from? <ul><li>The water? </li></ul><ul><li>The tourists! </li></ul><ul><li>The Venetians themsel...
 
Save the V ENETIANS
Saving us  from   Saving Venice Prof. Fabio Carrera Worcester Polytechnic Institute Venice Project Center [email_address] ...
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  1. 1. Saving us from Saving Venice Prof. Fabio Carrera Worcester Polytechnic Institute Venice Project Center [email_address] www.venice2point0.org Monuments in Peril: Venice The Clark – Williams College Williamstown: April 16, 2009
  2. 2. 20 yrs of projects
  3. 3. Two questions <ul><li>What’s in Peril? </li></ul><ul><li>Where is the Peril coming from? </li></ul>
  4. 4. What’s in Peril? <ul><li>The entire city? </li></ul><ul><li>Its monuments? </li></ul><ul><li>Its inhabitants? </li></ul><ul><li>Its quality of life? </li></ul>
  5. 5. Where’s the Peril coming from? <ul><li>The water? </li></ul><ul><li>The tourists? </li></ul><ul><li>The Venetians themselves? </li></ul><ul><li>Elsewhere? </li></ul>
  6. 6. Is WATER going to destroy… <ul><li>The entire city? </li></ul><ul><li>Its monuments? </li></ul><ul><li>Its inhabitants? </li></ul><ul><li>Its quality of life? </li></ul>
  7. 8. DaTE The 10 highest tides recorded in Venice since 1920hEIGHT November 4, 1966 194 December 22, 1979 166 February 1, 1986 159 December 1, 2008 156 November 12, 1951 151 November 16, 2002 147 April 16, 1936 147 October 15, 1960 145 November 6, 2000 144 November 3, 1968 144 December 8, 1992 142 February 14, 1979 140 October 31, 2004 137
  8. 12. 41 gates 19 gates 18 gates
  9. 13. The citizens of Venice have been begging for this since 1966…
  10. 14. The citizens of Venice have been begging for this since 1966…
  11. 15. The citizens of Venice have been begging for this since 1966… The Venice City Council has consistently voted AGAINST the project from day one!
  12. 16. But at least it will solve the Acqua Alta problem once and for all…
  13. 17. But at least it will solve the Acqua Alta problem once and for all…
  14. 18. But at least it will solve the Acqua Alta problem once and for all… It is a stopgap measure that may last 100 years… at best
  15. 20. Permanent “Dutch” solution?
  16. 21. What’s in Peril? <ul><li>The entire city? </li></ul><ul><li>Its monuments? </li></ul><ul><li>Its inhabitants? </li></ul><ul><li>Its quality of life? </li></ul>
  17. 22. Monuments will be spared certain destruction…
  18. 23. Monuments will be spared certain destruction…
  19. 24. Monuments will be spared certain destruction… The difference in actual damage between water vs. moisture has not been quantified…
  20. 25. What’s in Peril? <ul><li>The entire city? </li></ul><ul><li>Its monuments? </li></ul><ul><li>Its inhabitants? </li></ul><ul><li>Its quality of life? </li></ul>
  21. 26. But at least the flood gates will save lives…
  22. 27. But at least the flood gates will save lives…
  23. 28. But at least the flood gates will save lives… Nobody has ever died of a flood in Venice…
  24. 29. Little known fact: the project is fully funded by an Arabian oil prince…
  25. 30. Little known fact: the project is fully funded by an Arabian oil prince…
  26. 31. Little known fact: the project is fully funded by an Arabian oil prince… The Italian Government is channeling billions of taxpayer euros into this project
  27. 32. The cost of Saving Venice Current cost = 5.64 billion USD
  28. 33. € uros € uros € uros
  29. 34. Is it worth the cost? Let’s compare the flood gates to something closer to home (in Massachusetts)…
  30. 35. The Mass. equivalent <ul><li>natural event </li></ul><ul><li>occasional and ephemeral </li></ul><ul><li>costly and disrupting </li></ul><ul><li>??? </li></ul>
  31. 36. The Mass. equivalent <ul><li>natural events </li></ul><ul><li>occasional and ephemeral </li></ul><ul><li>costly and disrupting </li></ul><ul><li>SNOW STORMS! </li></ul>
  32. 38. What’s in Peril? <ul><li>The entire city? </li></ul><ul><li>Its monuments? </li></ul><ul><li>Its inhabitants? </li></ul><ul><li>Its quality of life? </li></ul>
  33. 39. Monuments in Peril?
  34. 40. Monuments in Peril?
  35. 42. What’s in Peril? <ul><li>The entire city? </li></ul><ul><li>Its monuments? </li></ul><ul><li>Its inhabitants? </li></ul><ul><li>Its quality of life? </li></ul>
  36. 43. Monuments in peril?
  37. 44. Monuments in peril? Nah! Coke will save us.
  38. 45. So…what’s really in Peril? <ul><li>The entire city? </li></ul><ul><li>Its monuments? </li></ul><ul><li>Its inhabitants? </li></ul><ul><li>Its quality of life? </li></ul>
  39. 46. So…what’s really in Peril? <ul><li>The entire city? </li></ul><ul><li>Its monuments? </li></ul><ul><li>Its inhabitants? </li></ul><ul><li>Its quality of life? </li></ul>
  40. 47. So…what’s really in Peril? <ul><li>The entire city? </li></ul><ul><li>Its monuments? </li></ul><ul><li>Its inhabitants? </li></ul><ul><li>Venice’s quality of life! </li></ul>
  41. 48. Where’s the Peril coming from? <ul><li>The water? </li></ul><ul><li>The tourists… </li></ul><ul><li>The Venetians themselves? </li></ul><ul><li>Elsewhere? </li></ul>
  42. 50. structures: 191 beds: 11208
  43. 51. structures: 202 beds: 11615
  44. 52. structures: 274 beds: 12379
  45. 53. structures: 331 beds: 12974
  46. 54. structures: 416 beds: 14217
  47. 55. structures: 502 beds: 15322
  48. 56. structures: 632 beds: 16149
  49. 57. structures: 834 beds: 17216
  50. 58. structures: 1048 beds: 19145
  51. 59. structures: 1516 beds: 22935
  52. 62. ???
  53. 63. Which flood to stop?
  54. 65. Where’s the Peril coming from? <ul><li>The water? </li></ul><ul><li>The tourists! </li></ul><ul><li>The Venetians themselves? </li></ul><ul><li>Elsewhere? </li></ul>
  55. 67. Save the V ENETIANS
  56. 68. Saving us from Saving Venice Prof. Fabio Carrera Worcester Polytechnic Institute Venice Project Center [email_address] www.venice2point0.org Monuments in Peril: Venice The Clark – Williams College Williamstown: April 16, 2009

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