Award: Future Projects - Residential, Silver, 2023
Location: Venice, Italy
Architect: Henriquez Partners Architects
Answering the Venice Biennale Architettura 2021 question “How will we live together?”, GHETTO is a theoretical project that encourages individuals to consider the architect’s role in creating spaces for inclusion. It imagines a physical conduit for the redistribution of wealth from tourists to refugees by transferring equity garnered in the development process in a mutually beneficial manner. GHETTO proposes the resettlement of 1,000 refugees into Venice financed by the sale of timeshare condominiums for American tourists. The inspiration came from Cannaregio – where a 16th century influx of Jewish arrivals into Venice led to the first ghetto in history – and from a desire to illustrate that architecture has the potential to be an expression of social justice.
GHETTO is imagined across four architectural islands, each of which are positioned near one of four compelling sites: the Venetian ghetto, Stazione di Santa Lucia, Piazza San Marco, and the Arsenale. These sites were carefully selected to parallel four key-influencing factors in Venice: the Jewish ghetto as project inspiration, the refugee crisis, Venetian over-tourism and challenging the traditional role of the architect.
Photo credit: Henriquez Partners Architects
LEAD ARCHITECT: Gregory Henriquez