Anti raid shelters / Venice WS report

Every object or structure made by man is a part of our material culture. These objects or structures provide important information for our understanding of technologies, economies, ritual practices and social organization of our human past. This is not only the case for ancient history, but also for our more recent historical remains such as the material culture from World War 2. This material culture provides us with information about the resources used in the building process and the relationship between material culture and human behaviour. Venice was never actually bombed, but the anti raid shelters were still an important element of security for the citizens in case of a attack. They were built of poor concrete made of small stones, bricks and wood. Another aspect which is peculiar to Venice is that the shelters were built above ground. This makes the few that are left visible in the landscape. 

The Air Raid Shelters in Venice (and in other parts of Europe) can give us useful information and evoke memories on subjects already forgotten, as this information and knowledge disappears every day. The contrast between the classical architecture in Venice and the remains from these military constructions is overwhelming. Being aware of these historical remains we are also able to communicate and reflecting about an important part of human history. 

Our goal is to gain attention to theses buildings so that they can be re-discovered and hopefully reflected on, not just as old irrelevant buildings falling apart, but as memory of a turbulent and difficult time in European history.

Provided material: Anti-raid shelters

See the workshop results here
 

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