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Ponte della Costituzione in Venice-I’m torn

October 15, 2011

In June 1999, Venetian government showed interest in building a new, fourth bridge over the Great Canal. Santiago Calatrava, a Spanish architect was commissioned, and in 2008 the Ponte della Costituzione (which will remain knows also as Ponte Calatrava, after it’s creator) was finished.

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Do you like the new, modern, hi-tech look of the bridge, or do you think Venice should be better off with a bridge more in-tune with the overall feel and atmosphere of the city? I’m torn. I think the bridge is captivating in it’s own right, but is the Gran Canale the right place for it? Let me know how you feel.

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  1. Tom Rankin permalink
    October 19, 2011 07:59

    I’ll weigh in on this one. Another bridge is always a good thing in this pedestrian city; it means connection and connection means life.
    Calatrava’s bridge is beautiful and I have no problem with new design in old contexts (after all, everything was contemporary once). That said, the bridge has several design flaws; it is slippery and the transparency of the steps (I forget if it’s just in a certain section of the bridge…) is disconcerting. My other Venetian commentary is in an old post on my “still sustainable city” blog. Keep up the good work.

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