Courtesy of Prechteck
Courtesy of Prechteck

‘Blossom Gate’ / Prechteck

Defining a landmark to the entrance of the largest Chinese myrtle garden in Xiangyiang, Prechteck…’s ‘Blossom Gate’ aims to reinvent the gate as an architectural typology underlining the connecting characteristics of a former dividing element. Their design is not

Massy Logements / du Besset-Lyon Architectes

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Architects: du Besset-Lyon Architectes
Location: , France
Design Team: Dominique , Pierre du Besset
Project Manager: Svetla Grigorova
Team: SCOPING (structure, fluids engineering, economics and HQE)
Area: 5,088 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Philippe Ruault

A-Ring / Atelier TEKUTO

© Toshihiro Sobajima

Architects: Atelier TEKUTO
Location: ,
Architecture Design: Yasuhiro Yamashita, Toshinao Iki
Structural Design: Jun Sato+Masayuki Takada/Jun Sato Structural Engineers
Mechanical Engineer: Kazuhiro Endo/EOS plus
Lighting Design: Sueko Kanaya/Visual Technology
Construction: Satoshi Isomi+Daisuke Yamamori/Mizuho Kogyou
Area: 136.62 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Toshihiro Sobajima

Courtesy of MOINOPOLIS
Courtesy of MOINOPOLIS

MOINOPOLIS Issue #2 Call for Proposals: Ephemerality and Architecture

MOINOPOLIS recently announced their call for papers for their issue #2, called ‘Ephemerality and Architecture’. Have market forces encouraged this shift towards ephemerality or is it a natural tendency of architecture? Does ephemerality in architecture depend on new technologies or…

Country Estate / Roger Ferris + Partners

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Architects: Roger Ferris + Partners
Location: New Canaan, CT,
Design Team: Roger Ferris, Robert Marx, Myron Mirgorodsky, Tiziano Fabrizio
Structural Engineer: Thornton Tomasetti, The DiSalvo Ericson Group
Mechanical: Consulting Engineering Services
Area: 7,000 sq ft
Year: 2010
Photographs: Paùl Rivera © Archphoto

CUF Institute / Carlos Prata + Nuno Barbosa

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Architects: Carlos Prata + Nuno Barbosa
Location: Senhora da Hora, Porto,
Architects: Carlos Prata, Nuno Barbosa
Photographs: Luís Ferreira Alves

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Casa SP11 / JAR jaspeado arquitectos

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Architects: JAR jaspeado arquitectos
Location: , México
Arquitectos A Cargo: Rodrigo Jaspeado y José Luis Jaspeado
Equipo : Jessica Ramírez, Tomas Rodríguez
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Patrick López Jaimes

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Yuwen Library / MAYU architects

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Architects: MAYU architects
Location: Tainan,
Architects In Charge: Malone Chang & Yu-lin Chen
Project Team: Kwantak AUYEUNG, Jin-de HSU (Project team), Dong-long WU (Construction supervision)
Structural Engineer: Tien-Hun Engineering Consultant Inc.
Area: 2,965 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Guei-Shiang Ke

The Simona / Jean-Pierre Lott Architecte

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Architects: Jean-Pierre Lott Architecte
Design Team: Agence Jean-Pierre Lott, Suzanne Belaieff
Contractor: SAM Esperanza
Area: 7,500 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Serge Demailly, Courtesy of

510 W 22nd St / COOKFOX

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-based COOKFOX, formally known as Cook + Fox Architects, has designed a state of the art office tower planned to neighbor the High Line by 2014. Projected to achieve LEED Platinum status, the glass and steel mid-rise offers large, light-filled interior spaces engineered for comfort and high performance, along with spectacular views of the Hudson River and direct connections to the High Line.

Continue reading for the architects’ description.

De Verbeelding / René van Zuuk Architects

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Architects: René van Zuuk Architects
Location: Zeewolde,
Architect In Charge: René van Zuuk
Structural Engineer: Van de Laar
Building Contractor: Kingma Bouw
Area: 375 sqm
Photographs: Christian Richters, Courtesy of

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: ,
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 were (and remain) decidedly sluggish; by now, almost all architecture firms in Spain 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: Abu Dhabi, 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