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ponte della constituzione

Bridge (ponte della constituzione) in Venice, designed by Spanish architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava. This pedestrian bridge is one of the four over the Canal Grande and links the bus terminal of Piazzale Roma to the train station (Santa Lucia Ferrovia). There has been a lot of controversy about the necessity and the contemporary design of the bridge which according to many did not fit in Venice. Unfortunately, many people do not realise that Venice itself is a cacophony of centuries of building styles and typologies full of odd contrasts. To reject any type of contemporary intervention or addition would only underline the growing interpretation of Venice as a theme park rather than a living city. This view would also indirectly imply that our contemporary world with its design and architecture is entirely disconnected from history. Let’s see what the popular opinion about the bridge is in five or ten years.


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