The welcome of seafarers at Venice harbour
CONTRIBUTION: research, interviews, project proposals, architectural design, editorial design
SUPPORTED BY: Venice Port Authority, Province of Venice
This publication, developed for my thesis in Architecture, served as a basis to design and realize the Seamen’s club at the Venice harbor. Starting from an in-depth analysis about the world of seafarers it developed a proposal, the result of which was a series of both ephemeral and permanent interventions, conceived to welcome and recognize the 200.000 seafarers who arrive every year. The work, inspired by the participation at the Ms3 project, was embedded in the Welcome in Venice project by StellaMaris’ friends association for seafarers.
“Seafarers are the hardworking men and women who work aboard cargo and cruise ships, playing a critical role in the growth of global commerce. 90% of global trade is transported by sea and seafarers are the human faces behind the food we eat, the oil we use in our cars and the cement in the sidewalks we tread. Seafarers work long hours, often under lonely, perilous conditions. Signing on for year-long contracts at sea in order to support loved ones at home, mariners must deal with isolation, stress, dangerous conditions and increasing incidents of piracy in certain parts of the world. Most crew now come from countries where unemployment is very high and the jobs they find with cargo and cruise lines provide the means to support their families and build futures for them. In addition to being so far from home, seafarers are nearly invisible to the societies they serve, leaving them vulnerable to exploitation.” - Venice Port Authority