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Rojkind Arquitectos serves up concert hall on the rocks in Mexico

Ground broke recently for the Foro Boca concert hall in the Mexican city of Veracruz. The design, by Mexican practice Rojkind Arquitectos, resembles a pile of neatly placed polygonal blocks jutting into the Gulf of Mexico.

According to Architizer, the building is “conceived as a formal extension to the breakwater that extends into the Gulf of Mexico with large concrete cubes reminiscent of riprap.”

Maker spaces: Designing places to test, break, and rebuild

“Making is part of our DNA”, says Shane Farritor, referring to the culture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). Farritor is the founder and faculty sponsor of the Nebraska Innovation Studio, a new maker space designed by Gensler that is part engineering lab, part art studio, and part business accelerator.

“There are so many talented people who grow up in rural areas building and creating things. It’s one of the things I most respect about the state,” he says.

Best of healthcare design: 8 projects win AIA National Healthcare Design Awards

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected the recipients of the AIA National Healthcare Design Awards program, a showcase of the best healthcare building design and healthcare design-oriented research. Projects exhibit conceptual strengths that solve aesthetic, civic, urban, and social concerns as well as the requisite functional and sustainability concerns of a hospital.

Recipients were selected in four categories: 

David Adjaye unveils design for pediatric cancer treatment center in Rwanda

A 100-bed children’s cancer center is planned in Gahanga, a region south of the Rwandan capital Kigali. Designed by British architect David Adjaye, when completed, the facility will be the first of its kind on the African continent.

Miami developers are designing luxury housing to cater to out-of-town buyers and renters

Miami’s real estate market has long been a magnet for foreign investors. But developers now report that out-of-town buyers, both foreign and domestic, are seeking homes they can live it, rather than just park money into. The influx of these buyers is having a noticeable impact on how apartments, condos, and townhouses are designed, especially at the luxury end of the market.

Perkins+Will imagines new opportunity for Atlantic City

Casinos have been closing in Atlantic City, N.J., despite Governor Chris Christie’s visions to make it “Las Vegas East.” Five years ago, the governor said “Atlantic City is dying,” but not much progress has happened since.

Perkins+Will believes it has a solution that could put Atlantic City’s existing infrastructure to good use—by turning the Jersey Shore city into a research center for climate change and coastal resiliency.

OMA designs terraced sports center for UK's Brighton College

Ever since Brighton College opened its doors 170 years ago in England, it’s been associated with the distinguished architecture that makes up its campus, from the English Gothic revival of Sir George Gilbert Scott in the 19th century, and later buildings by alum Sir Thomas Graham Jackson in the early 20th century.

MUST SEE: Zaha Hadid's latest museum project is built into a mountain

Fitting that a museum dedicated to legendary mountaineer Reinhold Messner has been built into a mountain.

The Architect's Newspaper reports that the Zaha Hadid-designed Messner Mountain Museum Corones has been opened to the public.

The museum is embedded within Mount Kronplatz in northern Italy. At more than 7,000 feet above sea level, it provides breathtaking views of the Dolomites region, a Unesco World Heritage Site.  

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