In the inner periphery of Venice, various residential areas were built in the 1920s and 1930s to absorb the population demands of the time, which were also felt in the lagoon city. Attempts were made to design the urban form of the new neighborhoods in such a way that they blended harmoniously with Venice’s particular geographical location and could form a coherent link with the historic city center, while at the same time respecting the new regulations for urban planning that promoted health.
Despite the overarching and comprehensive measures, the new residential areas of this period have peculiarities and specific characteristics that Although they were built in the same period, are very diverse. It is to Alexander Fichte’s merit that he has taken a closer look at the emergence of the eight residential quarters built in the period between the two world wars. In his book Städtische Wohnquartiere in Venedig (1918-1939), published by Jovis-Verlag, he works out how, through the creation of small-scale residential areas, the special urban form of the Serenissima was addressed and the specific formal language of Venice, shaped by local crafts and different cultural strata, was brought into harmony with the requirements and potential of modern residential construction.
Alexander Fichte: Städtische Wohnquartiere in Venedig (1918–1939) Urbane Gestalt zwischen modernen Anforderungen und lokaler Bautradition. Jovis Verlag, Berlin 2022, deu., 192 pages, ill., ISBN: 9783868597523.