The Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava was fined € 78,000 because of the design flaw on the Constitutional Bridge spanning the Grand Canal.
The decision was made on 9 August 2019 by an Italian court.
The verdict said that the architect was "negligent" in his building process, citing the fact that Calatrava had designed other bridges ̵
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The 300 foot long Ponte della Costituzione, unveiled in 2008 to a great fanfare, was named in honor of the 60th anniversary of the Italian Constitution. Steel skeleton and glass sides were not for the many visitors to Venice – or their luggage – equipped. Some of the glass stairs had to be replaced already.
This is not the first time that Calatrava has encountered problems with his projects.
The controversy surrounding the constitutional bridge is just the latest problem faced by Venice in terms of the real-time effects of upper tourism.
Mayor Luigi Brugnaro supports the #EnjoyRespectVenezia campaign, which calls visitors to a respectful visit.
CNN has asked Calatrava's New York office for comments.