Nebuta-no-ie Warasse, Nebuta Festival

Nebuta-no-ie Warasse, Nebuta Festival, Aomori, Japan – design by molo + d/dt Arch + Frank la Rivière Architects inc – In August, Nebuta Festival (origin 8th century) fever descends upon Aomori: paper lantern like floats showing warriors from Japanese and Chinese history and myth in dramatic poses often showing battle scenes.

Iron Market Port-au-Prince Building, Haiti

When the Haiti earthquake mangled Port-au-Prince’s Iron Market, it destroyed a symbol of the nation. Built in France and bound for Cairo to serve as a railway station, the vagaries of history, tides or captains led it to end up here, where it served as a perfectly good market hall until ravaged first by fire in 2008 and then by earthquake.