S4W Open Call Challenge

The Future of High Waters

Nature-based Solutions for the Venetian Lagoon

Host / Region



This residency explores nature-based solutions for the regeneration of the Venetian Lagoon. 


salt marsh and wetlands restoration, ecosystem regeneration, carbon capture processes, community outreach, digital technology

Description of the regional challenge

How can art and technology help us understand Venice’s future relationship with the water that surrounds and permeates it? Exploring nature-based solutions for salt marsh restoration and ecosystem regeneration, this challenge investigates solutions for climate change, rising sea level mitigation and natural carbon capture and storage in the lagoon. Current water management practices have proven unsustainable in terms of the city’s carbon metabolism. In the spirit of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 14: Life Below Water, the challenge strives to promote the reintroduction of sustainable practices, community-led initiatives and artistic research, exploring the possibilities of bringing nature-based and technological approaches into a shared space of coexistence and collaboration.

Region information

The Venetian Lagoon is the largest wetland in the Mediterranean Basin, consisting of approximately 8% land and 92% water and wetland. 

How is the mission S+T+ARTS driven?

This challenge strengthens collaborative practices between art and science to develop more creative and sustainable ways of engaging with the Venetian Lagoon’s local environment. 

The Future of High Waters explores the hydrodynamics of the Venetian Lagoon. Supported by artistic, scientific, and technological inquiry into nature-based solutions, it investigates how technology can be harnessed as a collaborator rather proposed as a solution. 

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