Research project at Venice Architecture Biennale 2018
Even if you don’t speak Italian, when you hear “permesso, permesso!” in the crowded streets of Venice, you know what you have to do: leave where you are and lean against the wall to let the person behind you pass. On the streets of Venice, permesso is someone’s request for space: a space which gets smaller and smaller each day, due to the high increase of the human traffic in the narrow venetian streets.
Permesso may also suggest having a wish or having permission to do something, to allow something to happen or allow someone to do something. Permesso is a testament of how we relate with something external to us. In Venice, the most practical and visible example of permesso is the way people relate with the streets, arguably the closest that you can get to Freespace in this city.