THE 15TH WATCHTOWER OF CANNAREGIO - A TRIBUNAL FOR THE DISPLACED

Location: Venice
Project: 2012


In 1979 American Architect John Hejduk presented the project The Thirteen Watchtowers of Cannaregio. The project is sited somewhere in Cannaregio in Venice: Elected individuals are to inhabit the towers for life. The thirteen men participate in a common ritual marking the passage of time, thus maintaining a collective existential idea. In another part of Venice is The House for the Inhabitant Who Refused to Participate. The inhabitant has nothing to do except experiencing his own isolation. A fourteenth tower overlooks his house. Residents of the city of Venice can enter the tower to observe the individual who refuses to take part.

The projects – which consist of drawings, models and text – give architectural substance to questions concerning the individual and the collective, freedom and totalitarianism, silence and speech.

The 15th Watchtower of Cannaregio was designed for the Architectural Biennale 2012.


Photo credit: Manthey Kula