Student: Arianne Pizem
Advisor: Theodora Vardouli
Studio: Directed Research Project
Year/Term: Fall 2019
“High Waters: Negotiating the Future of Venice” is the story of a section through the Grand Canal, narrated through the past, present, and future. A series of frames and hyper-rendered sections of the drawing depict the measures the city of Venice must undertake to maintain the city afloat, to sustain our high consumer lifestyles. The drawing aims to find ways to address the current planetary emergency, and constrain the representation to one single view, giving a glimpse of an alternative future. This thesis aims to present the metabolic rift of our current capitalist society through a satire. It represents, in the absurdity and excess, the value of the capital to the detriment of the ecology and the environment. What would be a better example than Venice, the cradle of Western civilization, engraved forever in our memories? Through one single drawing, this thesis aims to question the long-term sustainability of technological solutions and show that perhaps the architect’s role today has more to do with adaptation to climate change – than the more common attempt to mitigate climate change.