The reconversion of the Litoranea Venetian Waterway
Author: Luca Emanueli, Alberto Grando, Gianni Lobosco
Affiliation: University of Ferrara, Italy
This article investigates the relationship between territory and infrastructure in order to offering new ideas for the
management and design of coastal landscapes. As a case study, are exposed the results of a project concerning the Venetian Litoranea Waterway, an old waterway that flows along the Adriatic venetian coast. The need for reactivate the waterway - now under-utilized and never fully completed – becomes an opportunity to study a broad-minded approach, based on the analysis of the of both the environmental and economic issue. The aim of the work is to provide a model able to face with the problems afflicting the entire coastal system and provide a valid alternative to the current seafront employment strategies. The concept of combining skills deriving from civil engineering, economics, and landscape architecture, is fundamental in order to studying a wide-ranging approach to the problems emerging from the analysis and the critical issues affecting the coast and the entire waterway system. This point of view permit to obtaining results usually not taking into account by ordinary planning. On the basis of the problems affecting the Adriatic coast under examination - such as coastal erosion, subsidence and saltwater intrusion - the project proposes a radical transformation of the reclamations area surrounding the waterway, towards a more resilient and less burdensome structure to manage.