Building Blocks of Venice: Preserving Knowledge of a City's Infrastructure and Maintenance

YEAR: 2011 | TERM: B




Paul Peter Finn; Katie Lucille Hutchinson; Ryan A. Muller; Jesse Paul Ouellette


Frederick W. Bianchi


Insula SpA

The ultimate goal of our project was to develop an online repository for Venice’s urban infrastructure and the unique techniques used to maintain it. In doing this, we improved accessibility to this information and ultimately preserved this knowledge for posterity. We accomplished our goal by creating 72 interconnected web pages on, these pages are comprised of pertinent information as well as effective visual diagrams depicting components of all urban elements and their maintenance procedures. In addition to these pages we have created 175 pages of individual canals and 258 pages of individual bridges. The work completed by our group has laid the ground work for a complete knowledge base for the Venice’s unique urban infrastructure.