Venice is undoubtedly one of the most written upon cities and certainly the most photographed one. And yet another guide on Venice? Five walking tours take you to discover the modern Venice, the less known side of the city, hidden and far away from the well known places.
These proposed intineries take you to the new residential areas and restored warehouse docks, to the works of Carlo Scarpa and Tadao Ando, to modern restructurations and the controversial and much discussed MOSE project (Experimental Electromechanical Module) against the high water. Venice’s unrealized but as famous projects are also included, where you can let your imagination take you to Loius Kahn’s Congress Centre or Le Corbusier’s hospital. Current aerial photographs showcase Venice from unknown perspectives.
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.