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2G: Venice Lagoon Park
Venice occupies the EDGE. it is the edge between land and sea. It is the edge between city and theme park. It is the edge between citizen and tourist. At the present moment, it is on the edge of turning and unfortunate corner and losing its legitimate place as one of the great cities of the world. Venice must embrace the future development of tourism in order to remain a functioning community for its citizens.
The goal of the re-colonization of the lagoon necessitates planning for large,temporary influxes of people (tourists) as well as a permanent base population (citizens). In order to facilitate this, new development needs to respond to the needs of a contemporary city in this unique location through a variety of means. This project proposes the re-colonization of the Venice lagoon through the re-establishment of the population beginning with the development of the island of Sacca San Mattia. The site will, over time, become established as the new neighborhood of SANT' ANTONIO ABATE through the creation of a Museum District and a Venice Stadium. These create the needed commerce, organized tourism, and patriotism to support residential and support services development phases.
The Museum District and the Stadium areas are designed to be accessible for both the daily influx of tourists and permanent residents. The proposed train line extends from the Mestre Train Station to the Marco Polo Airport, continuing on to the proposed Venice soccer (football) stadium and to the existing Biennale grounds. This proposal also includes landing stages for water transportation between the mainland, the Museum District and the Stadium District of the new Sant' Antonio Abate, and the other islands.
The Museum District is anchored by the Interpretive Center for the Venetian Lagoon. This district also includes the Titian Museum, the Museum of Palladio's Veneto, the Scarpa Museum, the Glass Museum, the Museum of Decorative Arts-Venice, the Museum of Modern Art, the Giovanni Gabrieli Concert Hall, and a series of hotels. The design of the Interpretive Center for the Venetian Lagoon includes a network of satellite museum "prototypes". The prototypes function as situational observation platforms located throughout the lagoon, where the visitor can become engaged in an exploration of the various components of the lagoon ecosystem (islands, canals, sandbanks, mud banks, green channels, flora and fauna).
The Venice Stadium provides a new venue for the Venice soccer (football) club as well as a multi-purpose entertainment location. The design of the stadium re-interprets traditional building systems and materials, through the use of Venetian glass in a high-tech application, which will help to re-invigorate the local industry and initially provide many local jobs to jump-start the re-population of the Venetian lagoon.