Venice has developed into a mecca for international architects in the last few decades; the elite of contemporary architecture gather to cel­ebrate the most prestigious architecture exhibition of our time at the biennale in the shadows of st. mark’s place, the rialto bridge and the doge’s palace; it is all the more amazing that there is no current guide which covers the modern architecture of the largest open-air-museum in the world. this architectural guide is a ticket to a journey of discov­ery off the beaten tourist path through venice after 1950; the boat trips and walks in the guide lead to new residential complexes and converted harbour sheds, to works by carlo scarpa, tadao ando and david chipperfield; this very practical travel guide also examines con­troversial new projects like the flood control barriers or spectacular conversions like that of the fondaco dei tedeschi by rem koolhaas. in addition to never realised designs by frank lloyd wright, le cor­busier and louis kahn, the authors present all the biennale pavilions from the last six decades.