Mayor Brugnaro: 2021 is a fundamental year for the city

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Venice and Lisbon are among the cities adhering to the “New European Bauhaus” initiative.
It is an environmental, economic but also cultural initiative launched by the European Commission to redesign the cities of the future in an eco-sustainable, accessible and green way, with the support of EU funding.
At the “Bauhaus of the Sea” conference in Lisbon, participants talked about sustainability, design and aesthetics of maritime cities and regions.

One of the speakers at the conference was mayor of Venice Luigi Brugnaro who addressed his speech through a video message.

Mayor Brugnaro underlined the importance of this initiative: “In 1919 the Bauhaus made sure that teachers and students collaborated to create an innovative cultural unit. A generational pact that today, after more than 100 years, we are called to rediscover the “Bauhaus of the seas” or “Marhaus” which means: “The sea as our home.” By involving the coastal regions and maritime cities of Europe, we will spur the world to understand how to relate to the greatest common good on the planet: the sea. I would like to thank the organizers, the Rector of the Ca’Foscari University of Venice Tiziana Lippiello and Professor Nuno Nunes of the Institute of Interactive Technologies in Lisbon for wanting the City of Venice to be a fundamental protagonist of this innovative path.I also thank the mayor of Lisbon, Fernando Medina, and the Portuguese authorities for inviting the city of Venice to this important conference”.

Mayor Brugnaro also addressed to the Italian and European institutions asking to allocate funds for Venice: “Talking about the safeguarding and strategic role of the sea for the future of the entire world ecosystem is fundamental and cannot be postponed. 187 cm high water of 12 November 2019 was a wake-up call on the repercussions of climate change. On 3 October 2020 for the first time Venice managed to stop the sea thanks to the Mose. Our city, a UNESCO heritage site, suffers climate change before many other coastal realities. 2021 is fundamental for the city. We need projects and investments that look to the future. We are finding great support through “Bauhaus of the seas”. We will make available our know-how system to transform difficulties into growth factors. Venice, the oldest city of the future, will be the a great promoter of this project, together with Lisbon and the other European cities. We are supporting ecology and environmental protection thanks to scientific and technological progress. However, it is essential that the Italian government and the European Commission listen to us on the future of the lagoon, the port and to carry out environmental remediation in Marghera. It is time for the missing resources to be urgently disbursed to finish the entire Mose work and the redevelopment projects of the Venice lagoon”. Photo Bruno/Germany for Pixabay