Wael Farhat, architect, cultural menager of the ASCII-onlus Associaton.
A mosque in Venice doesn’t damage negatively the urban tissue, but we need the municipality and population appruval.
The mosque architecture, infact, all over the world, adapt itself to the local style;
It isn’t rigid structure.
For a mosque in Venice the are three main solutions:
1- Reopen the ex-mosque in Fondaco dei Turchi, but it would be only a little saloon for the prayer.
2- The area, on Giudecca’s island, of the ex-incinerators. This site would be strategical for the balance that it colud create with S.Giorgio Maggiore’s island.
3- A floating mosque (from Mestre to San Marco’s square) that once a year will do a symbolic trip for an international event. The mosque’s name could be the mosque of Jesus because it will “walk on the water”.