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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.


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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