The May 12 7.3 magnitude aftershock was one of many that followed the April 25 earthquake that shook Nepal. Why is this part of the world such a hotbed of tectonic activity?
Named after José Vasconcelos, the philosopher and former president of the National Library of Mexico, this building is both a library and a botanical garden. The steel, concrete and glass building is offset by its natural surroundings of water and gardens. But it is the stunning interior of this building that secures its inclusion on this list.