Venice’s architecture faces the unique challenge of being submerged in water. Wood foundations are naturally prone to decay from exposure to bacteria and fungi. Other common building materials in Venice such as stone and marble are broken down by chemical reactions with water over time. The more immediate conern with Venice’s architecture is damage from anticipated flooding. There are controversial debates being waged over whether or not action should be taken to protect Venice in the long run: http://www.spiked-online.com/index.php?/site/article/395/ Although it’s debatable whether Venice is still sinking, some people are advocating actually rising the city to a higher elevation above sea level by pumping water into the soil. An anti-flooding effort called the Moses Project is being implemented wherein floodgates on the floor of the Venice Lagoon fill with compressed air to block tides.
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