October 13

Redesigning Tourism

Redesigning Tourism
Image by flickr user Jean-pierre Dalbéra (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Venice Fishmarket (Loggia del Pesce, Rialto)

Activists and designers present visions and provocations for Venice’s economy, including Fairbnb, a collectively-owned vacation rental platform that reinvests profits to fight displacement.


The Venice Project Center, a research facility operated by Worcester Polytechnic Institute, was founded in 1988 by Fabio Carrera. Since then, more than 200 projects have been completed (by more than 800 students) addressing a host of challenges, from maintaining the city’s famous canals, analyzing its boat traffic, and cataloging its public art.

Venezia Autentica is a social business based in Venice aiming to halt the exodus of the local residents by changing the way the world sees and impacts Venice. The online platform veneziaautentica.com makes it easy and fun for visitors to have an authentic and rewarding experience of Venice while supporting selected and certified local businesses and associations.

Donatella Calabi is Professor of Urban History at the University IUAV of Venice, with a focus on market spaces and buildings in European cities. Her project for a Rialto Museum, in a central area along the Grand Canal, aims to portray the history of Venetian trade and commerce, while adaptively re-using a historic building.

This program is part of the mobile CitizenSHIP programming series and takes place in and around Venice.