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Laura Fregolent; Paola Malanotte-Rizzoli


  • TUE - SUN
    22/05 > 31/07
    11 AM - 7 PM

    01/08 > 21/11
    10 AM - 6 PM
  • Arsenale
  • Admission with ticket

Laura Fregolent (Italian, b.1966) at University Iuav of Venice (Italy) and Paola Malanotte-Rizzoli (Italian, b.1946) at MIT (USA, est.1861)


The overall theme of this project is the resilience of Venice addressed in two different and complementary ways. The first focus is on the physical and morphological components of the resilience. The challenge for the future is to insure resilience to global warming and the danger of unprecedented sea level rise. The completion of the four barriers known as MOSE and their successful testing are the major step to protect the city and the lagoon from flooding as sea levels rise in the foreseeable future. The second focus is on the urban aspects of resilience through the walkability, the accessibility of the historical center of the city, and the functions on the ground of the historic center. Resilience of Venice presents a map that underlines the projects carried out in the lagoon after the high water of 1966 by the different institutions involved (state, region, and municipality). The idea is to highlight a perspective of the physical and social fragility of the city, of the continuous interventions it witnesses at the different scales, and of the great economic investment. The resilient capacity of Venice, if properly managed, can reverse the trend that the city bears

Biennale Sneak Peek

Image 1 – How will we live together?
Photo: Giovanni Antonio Canal (Canaletto), Bucentaurs return to the pier by the Palazzo Ducale, 1727-1729. © The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts


Image 2 – Sneak peek of the project
Photo: Luca Pilot. Courtesy Laboratorio fotografico Università Iuav di Venezia


Filippo Perocco, Aquagranda, dramma in musica (Prologo), 2016

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Programma di ricerca Venezia2021, con il contributo del Provveditorato Interregionale Opere Pubbliche per il Veneto, Trentino Alto Adige e Friuli Venezia Giulia erogato attraverso il Concessionario Consorzio Venezia Nuova e coordinato dal CORILA
Comune di Cavallino-Treporti
Comune di Chioggia
Comune di Venezia
Regione del Veneto

Production credits

Comune di Cavallino-Treporti, Comune di Chioggia, Comune di Venezia, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Regione del Veneto Università Iuav di Venezia

Team group
Laura Fregolent (Università Iuav di Venezia) and Paola Malanotte (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) (coordinators)
Renato Gibin (Laboratorio Cartografia e GIS – Università Iuav di Venezia)
Valerio Volpe (Provveditorato Interregionale per le Opere Pubbliche del Veneto-Trentino Alto Adige-Friuli Venezia Giulia)
Alessandra Longo, Dalila Quartucci and Matteo Basso (Università Iuav di Venezia)

Many thanks to Elena Zambardi for the collaboration and the suggestions

Visual design
Paolo De Benedictis, Studio De Benedictis

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