At the invitation of the curator Richard Burdett, the project was presented at the international section of the 10th International Architecture Biennial in Venice. The project Shrinking Cities stood in contrast to the theme of global boomtowns, the focus of the architecture exhibition “Meta-cities – Cities: Architecture and Society”. At the 105-square-meter Italian pavilion, the contribution introduced the theme of shrinking as a global phenomenon, showed its effect on the respective local situation, and distributed an exhibition newspaper providing glimpses of possible options for action.
In the framework of the Biennial’s opening program, the project office Shrinking Cities organized a thematic tour of shrinking Venice for journalists from Germany, Italy, and Japan. For Venice, too, despite its increasing success with the tourism industry, is affected by phenomena of shrinking and has lost 60 percent of its residents in the last 50 years.