Cookie banner

This site uses cookies. Select "Block all non-essential cookies" to only allow cookies necessary to display content and enable core site features. Select "Accept all cookies" to also personalize your experience on the site with ads and partner content tailored to your interests, and to allow us to measure the effectiveness of our service.

To learn more, review our Cookie Policy, Privacy Notice and Terms of Use.

clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:


Racked is no longer publishing. Thank you to everyone who read our work over the years. The archives will remain available here; for new stories, head over to, where our staff is covering consumer culture for The Goods by Vox. You can also see what we’re up to by signing up here.

According to the Washington Post, Italian-born, French fashion designer Pierre Cardin designed an 800 foot modernist glass tower as a gift for Venice, but Venice ain't having it. Preservation group Italia Nostra said the Palace of Light skyscraper, which includes a fashion university, luxury hotel suites, and shops, "would squash the city's proportions" and would look like a "giant illuminated mushroom." [Washington Post]