- Director of Research
- Coordinator, MS in Urban Planning for Transition
- Benjamin Hoffman & Francesco Rizzi Jr.
The northern portion of the island of Sant’Elena contains the historic Stadio Pier Luigi Penzo, home of Venezia FC, and a large open brownfield site. Situated at the end of the Biennale Gardens and adjacent to a residential neighbourhood the site is in a prime location to capitalize on its proximities and bring new life to the area. The stadium is the heart of the site and should have the permanent infrastructure the make the area more active beyond the gameday hours. By including restaurants, bars, and other amenities in the stadium the site can become an everyday destination for residents and fans alike. A field house will also be constructed to provide a location for locals to participate in sports year-round as well as having a fitness centre and multiuse spaces for classes. The existing yacht club will also be improved by creating a new facility with increased amenities for members as well as non-members and providing a space for boat repair and storage. All new structures will be woven together with a series of parks and plazas that will have the flexibility to hold thousands of soccer fans while still providing areas of intimate relaxation. The goal is to provide residents with the permanent infrastructure to allow them to stay and prevent the tourism industry from destroying the city.