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Voci Echi Laguna



Il n.0 della Serie City Lab si propone come una raccolta di esplorazioni analitiche, vecchie e nuove conoscenze, riflessioni e idee intorno alla laguna di Venezia sviluppate nell’arco di un anno di ricerche presso l’Università Iuav di Venezia. Voci Echi Laguna parla della storia della laguna di Venezia, della complessa progettualità sedimentata e dei suoi possibili futuri, attraverso la voce di chi la studia, la abita, la progetta.
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