The program makers of Bruges 2002, Cultural Capital of Europe, have resolutely decided to break through the cliché of Bruges as a historical open air museum. A few internationally renowned architects were asked to enrich the existing historical heritage with some special projects. One of the most eye-catching is the pavilion built on the Burg by the Japanese architect Toyo Ito. A bit further, more towards the city, the Swiss engineer Jürg Conzett designed a new pedestrian bridge over de Coupure, while the Rotterdam landscape-bureau West 8 did the rearrangement of the Canal Island – for years the starting and endpoint of a visit of the city. Together with the Concert Hall on Het Zand, these projects give a refreshingly new face to the city, anno 2002 and afterwards. In this beautifully illustrated edition New architecture in Bruges Marc Dubois elaborately discusses de genesis and the final realisation of these sensational projects. In this introductory essay he further elaborates on the given of ‘new’ architecture in Bruges and he tests out his findings on a couple of other realisations, recently implanted in the city. This is as a matter of fact the only official publication for Bruges 2002, where these initiatives are explained.