The Venice Arsenal : Between History, Heritage, and Re-use book cover
1st Edition

The Venice Arsenal
Between History, Heritage, and Re-use

Edited By

Luca Zan

ISBN 9781032059617
Published June 14, 2022 by Routledge
152 Pages 42 Color Illustrations

FREE Standard Shipping
SAVE $11.99
was $59.95
USD $47.96

Prices & shipping based on shipping country


Book Description

This book reviews four decades of debate about restoring an industrial heritage site of inestimable value – the Venice Arsenal. Focusing on the challenges of economic, financial and institutional feasibility, it reveals how failing to address these aspects has undermined potential solutions from both technicians and heritage professionals.

With a deep connection to the city over centuries, the Arsenal was the very basis of La Serenissima’s sea power, enabling its economic expansion. Later, it maintained a vital military function through shipbuilding until World War II. But the slow process of abandonment of the traditional site’s uses and spaces continues to pose questions regarding its preservation and re-use. Drawing on original research from urban planners, architects and historians, the book provides a critical investigation into the organizational and managerial challenges of this unique site, and crucially, why so little has been achieved compared with potential opportunities.

Featuring numerous color photographs and exploring the particular challenges of restoration and re-use facing the Venice Arsenal, this insightful evaluation of the history of this site provides a uniquely informative case for the discipline of industrial heritage.

Table of Contents

Part I – A reminder: on the importance of the Arsenal in the history of administration 

1. History of management and stratigraphy of organizing

Luca Zan 

2. From manufacturing to industry: the turn in the late 19th century

Pasquale Ventrice

Part II – The state of the art: protection, preservation and re-use 

3. The recovery of the Arsenal: the process from 1980 until today

Claudio Menichelli 

4. The role of the Agenzia del Demanio (State Property Agency) in enhancing the Arsenal

Ettore Cammarata 

5. The Società Arsenale di Venezia (SAV): from state control to municipal control

Roberto D’Agostino 

6. Some comments from a management studies perspective

Luca Zan

Part III – A controversial issue: museum and open access 

7. Towards a museum of the Arsenal: home of Venetian civilization, history and shipbuilding

Camillo Tonini 

8. The Arsenal Museum: issues of spaces availability and accessibility

Franco Mancuso 

9. The National Museum of Naval History: a reconstruction of the project

Claudio Menichelli 

10. Scenarios for the Arsenal Museum: back to management

Luca Zan

Part IV – A research agenda: international perspectives on the Arsenal as tangible and intangible heritage 

11. The Arsenal as intangible heritage: between historical meanings and re-uses

Luca Zan 

12. The Venice Arsenal, singular but not unique: towards a survey of Historic Naval Shipyards in Europe

Valentina Gambelli 

13. The heritization of Historic Naval Shipyards in Europe

Paolo Ferri, Pegram Harrison, Luca Zan

Conclusions: a policy agenda to not forget

Luca Zan

View More



Luca Zan is Professor of Arts Management at the University of Bologna, Italy, and Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing; he has been adjunct faculty at Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University for several years.