The Floating Procession | Venice, Italy | Unit 21 | 2020
Awarded Distinction for Design & Distinction for Thesis
This project is a response to the 2014 referendum vote calling for the separation of Venice from Italy. The project aims to use loopholes in laws created by Venice’s dependence on water transport to allow greater autonomy in the way the city is inhabited. The project references processions in 16th Century Venetian Republic as an outward manifestation of the workings of the government at the time. This project proposes a fleet of unique boats that follow different processions and configure differently in sites across Venice making the canals and waterways inhabitable.
A procession forming a floating market aims to alleviate Venice’s strict ‘no eating or sitting in non-designated public space’ policy. A procession constructing a canal concert space avoids Venice’s strict light and noise pollution laws while the creation of an artificial beach and swimming pool targets laws against swimming in the canals and building sandcastles in the Venice region. A final configuration of the boats forms a circular pathway or processional as a space for processions to return to the city.