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Best Thing in Venice: The Olivetti Store

So I was just in Venice, to see the Biennale. Art-wise, there wasn’t much that really wowed me, so I’ll start with the fantastic newly-restored Olivetti store in Piazza San Marco. Designed by the late, great Venetian architect Carlo Scarpa (one of my favorites) in 1957-58, the space has been turned into a stunning museum space by the city. They
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VoCA Loathes…Ads in St. Mark’s Square, Venice

In a turn of events that was bound to happen eventually, advertising agencies have realized they can exploit a recent change in the law to sell space in St. Mark’s Square, Venice and make a large profit. An enormous billboard-sized watch ad featuring the villain of a James Bond film dominates the square opposite the Doges’ palace. The colonnade surrounding
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