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The Venetian Campo
Suzanne H. Crowhurst Lennard
Preface by Edoardo Salzano
36 pages. ISBN: 978-88-95124-32-2
Occhi Aperti su Venezia, Corte del Fontego Editore, Venice, Italy. 2012
The Venetian Campo describes how architecture, planning, urban design and nature collaborated to create the ideal setting for social life and community, and how it is now being eroded. Forty years ago, when Henry and Suzanne Lennard began their study, most campi were little affected by the tourist industry, which focused on Piazza San Marco and Rialto. Today, however, mass tourism inundates every Venetian neighborhood and Venetian residents are being forced out of their homes by the proliferation of hotels and "second homes" of international millionaires hungry for their own slice of this most livable city. The social life of the Venetian campo is fast declining. This little book is for those who wish to create high quality public places in other parts of the world, and for those who wish to fight against the further degredation of this still unique city.