• koozarchThe Microcosm Reflector of Venetian Heritage by Ting-Yi Chan#art #artitecture #architecture #koozarch Venice as a port city grew with the major influence of trade, but with the 20th Century rapid increase of ship scales lead to a progressive separation of Venice and its port, depriving the city of its most vital and creative activity. With the dislocation of the port to Marghera (the mainland of Venice) and the invention of containerization, global forms of trade undermined the specificity and unique character that characterized local earlier typologies. Many of the historical port typologies which once collectively served for the city’s growth have fallen into the fate of “rebranding” in order to catch up with modernity.

    The hollowing out of these historical typologies created a juxtaposition between cultural history and consumerism, in which the structural changes of Fondaco dei Tedeschi acts as a perfect reflector that relate to different moments in the history of Venetian port development. With the fondaco’s prime location at the Rialto, a shopping centre became its new life.[...]

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