The Threat of Coastal Flooding

Twitter User: @c_heller “Another photo out of Breezy Point. The damage is stupefying. (Frank Franklin II, AP)″

In light of the devastation left by Hurricane Sandy, as politicians quabble over the existence of , we cannot escape the reality that our cities are vulnerable to natural disasters.   Coastal cities face the threat of flooding as sea levels rise and storms, as we’ve seem over the past few years, have had more severe impacts on our cities.  The duty of architects, planners, and leaders is to build resilient cities with infrastructure that can stand up to the forces of natural disasters.

Join us after the break for a list of some of the largest port cities vulnerable to coastal flooding…

Rockfeller University Restaurant / XTO architectes

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Architects: XTO architectes
Location: , France
Architects: JY Godot, Jean Delacroix, Pierre Dumas
Client: Centre Régional des Oeuvres Universitaires et Sociales de Lyon
Area: 2,520 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Studio Erick Saillet

Courtesy of AVP Arhitekti
Courtesy of AVP Arhitekti

Osijek University Library Winning Proposal / SANGRAD Architects + AVP Arhitekti

Designed by SANGRAD Architects + AVP Arhitekti…, the first prize winning proposal for the Osijek University Library becomes a place for cultural enrichment and at the same time, relaxation through the use of green loggias, clean energy, and a

The 7 Things You Need To Know Before Doing Business Abroad

3 of the top 9 countries to find work, according to our reader-led survey: Norway, Panama, and Thailand. Upper left: Oslo by Flickr User CC Peter Guthrie. Bottom left: “Hanoi Traffic” by Flickr User pheochromocytoma. Right: “Revolution Tower, Panamá City, Panamá” by Flickr User CC Chodaboy.

“The word ‘Crisis,’ etymologically speaking, comes from Greek, and means a change of direction, or a new opportunity. That’s the semantic meaning. A change of direction, new opportunities. For me, that’s what crisis means.”

For Xavier Rodriguez, the Crisis wasn’t a stopping point – it was the beginning.

At the first sight of economic trouble, the Catalonian architect  and his colleagues at BR29 Architectes (now BeAt Associates International) decided to pursue a long-time dream and expand abroad. Markets in Europe and the United States were (and remain) decidedly sluggish; by now, almost all architecture firms in have cut down their staff, and about half have closed their doors. Meanwhile, the developing world has seen a surge of growth – and an increasing need for experienced, knowledgeable workers.

Rodriguez, like many architects today, has taken advantage of that need – to considerable success. However, the road hasn’t been easy. While many entertain the idea of pursuing opportunities abroad, there are a few things Rodriguez told us that every architect should know before taking the leap.

Find out what you need to know to be successful abroad, after the break…

Carrum Downs Police Station / Kerstin Thompson Architects

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Architects: Kerstin Thompson Architects
Location: Carrum Downs, Victoria,
Design Team: Kerstin Thompson, Kelley Mackay, Scott Diener, Mike Macleod, Jacqui Alexander, Laurence Dragomir
Area: 2,080 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Peter Bennetts

In Progress: Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi / HDR Architecture

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Architects: HDR Architecture
Location: , UAE
Interior Design:
Completion Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of HDR Architecture

Courtesy of Marc Anton Dahmen / Studio DMTW
Courtesy of Marc Anton Dahmen / Studio DMTW

Motor Sports Complex Museum Proposal / Marc Anton Dahmen | Studio DMTW

The Motor Sports Complex Museum, which is located next to a new race track and a dragster speedway, is another component of the development in Kuwait City. Designed by Marc Anton Dahmen / Studio DMTW…, its main function is

House in Travessa de Patrocinio / Luís Rebelo de Andrade + Tiago Rebelo de Andrade + Manuel Cachão Tojal


Architects: Luís Rebelo de Andrade, Tiago Rebelo de Andrade , Manuel Cachão Tojal
Location: Travessa do Patrocínio, , Portugal
Co Workers: Madalena Rebelo de Andrade, Raquel Jorge, Carlos Ruas & Tiago Moniz
Client: BWA – Buildings With Art
Area: 248 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: FG+SG

House in Mejirodai / Mejiro Studio + Kozo Kadowaki

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Architects: Mejiro Studio + Kozo Kadowaki
Location: Bunkyo-ku, , Japan
Structural Engineer: Konishi Structural Engineers
Contractor: Hanami Kensetsu
Area: 165.1 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Shimizu Ken

Para Eco House / Tongji University Team

© Jia Dongfang

Designed by the Tongji University Team, the “Para Eco House” combines both parametric and ecological strategies into the logic of the architectural language used in the house design. By using both “passive” and “active” energy systems, they go beyond the functional and environmental requirement to create a paradigm for a low carbon future. The concept of creating a multi-layer skin emerges from a combination of Dao theory in eastern philosophy and the theories of Michel Foucault in western thought, especially the ideas of autonomy in architecture. More images and the team’s description after the break.

The Green House / Hiren Patel Architects

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Architects: Hiren Patel Architects
Location: Ahmedabad, Gujarat,
Area: 800 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Sebastian Zachariah

Courtesy of Polytechnic Museum Development Foundation
Courtesy of Polytechnic Museum Development Foundation

Museum and Educational Center of the Polytechnic Museum and Lomonosov Moscow State University Design Competition

The Polytechnic Museum Development Foundation recently announced the international architectural design competition for the Museum and educational center of the Polytechnic Museum and Lomonosov Moscow State University. The project provides for a total project area of 35,000 square meters on…

Great-Grand Parents House / Jesus Davila Architects

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Location: San Felipe, Aguascalientes,
Area: 73 sqm
Year: 2012
Photography: Eddy Yuvoniel

Video: Cityscape Chicago

This mesmerizing film, by Eric Hines, captures the essence of the “Windy City”. The “Vimeo Staff Pick” is a compilation of over 30,000 still photographs shot between July and October of this year in downtown .

MoMA: Tokyo 1955–1970: A New Avant-Garde

1955–1970 A New Avant-Garde;Courtesy of

The Museum of Modern Art in NYC is launching an exhibit called Tokyo 1955–1970: A New Avant-Garde, that investigates the transformation of Tokyo from a war-torn nation into an international center for arts, culture and commerce.  The exhibition will run from November 18 through February 25, 2012 and includes over 200 works of various media including painting, sculpture, photography, architecture, drawings, graphic design, video and documentary film.

More after the break.

AD Recommends: Best of the Week

© Luc Boegly

If for some reason you missed ArchDaily last week , don’t worry, we’ve brought together the best of the week here. You can’t miss X-TU’s Apartment Blocks in Nanterre. Are you looking for house designs? You must check out, Bicentennial Civic Center in Cordoba, Argentina by Lucio Morini or Cultural Centre and the New City Hall in Archidonia, designed by Ramón Fernández-Alonso y Asociados. Revisit, Wingårdh Arkitektkontor’s Kuggen, a cylindrical, distinctive building in the middle of the town square is an urban planning motif with roots in the Italian Renaissance. Finally, take a look at Architecture for Dogs, interesting proposals by japanese architects such as Kazuyo Sejima, Shigeru Ban, Atelier Bow-Wow, Sou Fujimoto and Kengo Kuma.

Pavilion Siegen / Ian Shaw Architekten

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Architects: Ian Shaw Architekten
Location: Siegen,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Felix Krumbhlotz

Courtesy of Studio Kalamar
Courtesy of Studio Kalamar

TBC Bank Headquarters Competition Entry / Studio Kalamar

The proposal for the TBC Bank Headquarters by Studio Kalamar… is composed of new facades, a vestibule, and a new landscape design to transform it from an old military headquarters building. Main volumes are enfolded in a skin of triangular