Le Grand Plateau / Atelier Pierre Thibault

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Architects: Atelier Pierre Thibault
Location: Mirond Lake, Division No. 18, Unorganized, SK S0P,
Design Team: Pierre Thibault & Jérôme Lapierre
Area: 1650.0 ft2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Alain Laforest

Giveaway: Introducing the Moleskine Tool Belt

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Moleskine notebooks go as hand-in-hand with architects and designers as the color black. Over the years, these creative individuals have hacked and personalized the simple design of the Moleskine notebook, turning it into wallets, key chains, pen holders, and more. In response to this culture, Moleskine recently came out with their own hack called the Moleskine Tool Belt. 

The Tool Belt is an add-on that attaches to the cover of their notebooks. It contains several compartments for storing pens, smart phones, business cards, eye glasses, and more. We also have two Moleskine Tool Belts to give away – check out the article after the break for your chance to win! 

‘T PARK / CUBE Architecten

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Architects: CUBE Architecten
Location: Jodenbreestraat 25, 1011 Amsterdam, The
Architect In Charge: Pieter van der Pot, Marloes van Heteren
Client: City of Amsterdam (PMB)
Area: 530.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Yvonne Lukkenaar

Interview: Behind the Scenes of the University of Toronto’s Mental Health Report

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In a TED Talk from 2009, writer Elizabeth Gilbert muses about how uncomfortable she is with the assumption that “creativity and suffering are somehow inherently linked.” The majority of Gilbert’s thoughtful and humorous monologue is about finding sanity amidst both success and failure, or in words, about finding a way to break this link. Earlier this year, the University of Toronto Graduate Architecture Landscape and Design Student Union’s (GALDSU) set out to do just that – break the link between creativity and suffering at their school – and start a productive dialogue about mental health. GALDSU began by gathering the facts through a mental health study of their peers, the results of which we discussed several months ago.

To learn more about what’s happened at their school (and beyond) since it was published, we sat down with Joel Leon, the man who spearheaded the effort and the newly elected president of the student union, as well as Elise Hunchuck, the vice-president of the student union.

La Leonera Mountain Retreat / Nicolas del Rio

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Architects: Nicolas del Rio
Location: Farellones 2450, Maipu, Metropolitan Region,
Design Team: Nicolas del Rio, Felipe Camus
Associate Architect: Felipe Camus
Area: 100.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Felipe Camus

Chinese Company Showcases Ten 3D-Printed Houses

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Chinese company WinSun Decoration Design Engineering has constructed a set of ten single story, 3D-printed homes which it produced in under 24 hours. The homes, printed in prefabricated panels which fit together on site, were created using WinSun’s custom-built 3D printer which measures 10 meters by 6.6 meters, and took the company twelve years to develop.

Formed with a cement-based mixture containing construction waste and glass fiber, each of the houses cost just $5,000 to build. Read on after the break for more on the development.

UK Airports Commission Rules Out Thames Estuary Airport Plans

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The Airports Commission, the independent group charged with planning the future of the London‘s  infrastructure, has finally ruled out an ambitious plan for a major airport in the Thames Estuary designed by Foster + Partners and supported by Mayor Boris Johnson. Chairman of the Airports Commission Sir Howard Davies said the proposal had been ruled out because “the economic disruption would be huge and there are environmental hurdles which it may prove impossible, or very time-consuming to surmount.”

Instead, the Airports Commission will select between three options to expand one of London’s existing airports at either Heathrow or Gatwick. Read on after the break for the reactions to the decision.

Villa Moerkensheide / Dieter De Vos Architecten

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Architects: Dieter De Vos Architecten
Location: , Belgium
Area: 306.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Filip Dujardin

Minga Valpo: Architects and Sustainable Reconstruction in Valparaíso, Chile

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After the fire this past April in Valparaíso, Chile, a group of young architects went to the port city to develop a reconstruction project based on energy efficiency, recycled materials, and adaptability to Valparaíso’s topographic context. The Minga Valpo project has not only achieved these objectives, but it has also allowed families to help build their own houses. In a mere three months, Minga Valpo has already built three houses.

Take a look at photographs of the project and read the architects’ description after the break. 

Fuks 34 / Henkin Shavit Studio

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Architects: Henkin Shavit Studio
Location: Jaffa, , Israel
Architect In Charge: Henkin Irit, Shavit Zohar
Year: 2014
Photographs: Aviad Bar-Ness

1930 City Lodge / Ren Pepe Arquitetos

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Architects: Ren Pepe Arquitetos
Location: Rua de Costa Cabral 1930, 4350 , Portugal
Architect In Charge: Ren Ito, Alessandro Pepe
Area: 172.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Attilio Fiumarella

Honsinzi House / SPLK Architects & Partners

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Architects: SPLK Architects & Partners
Location: Hwayang-eup, , Gyeongsangbuk-do,
Area: 198.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Hélène Binet

Skow Residence / Colorado Building Workshop + DesignBuildBLUFF

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Architects: Colorado Building Workshop, DesignBuildBLUFF
Location: Navajo Mountain, Navajo Mountain, UT 86044, USA
Faculty Team: Rick Sommerfeld, Director , Hank Louis, Director , Andrew Foster, Craig Harren
Student Team: Ellen Adams, Brett Blackmon, Lura Blumfield, Jay Burkhalter, Glen Camuso, Jacob Ebling, William Koning, William Murray, Rebecca Sockwell, JD Signom
Structural Engineer: Christopher O’Hara Studio NYL
Area: 882.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jesse Kuroiwa

Grimshaw Unveils Sustainable Glass Office Building in the Heart of Sydney

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Sydney‘s historic is about to receive a major facelift with the soon-to-be built 333 George Street, an 18 storey mixed use office and retail tower. Designed by Grimshaw Architects and executive architects Crone Partners for Australian property developer Charter Hall, the minimal glass and steel tower will contrast the historic structures on Sydney’s well-preserved original high street, with a 15 storey 12,500 square metre contemporary office tower tower atop a three storey 2,100 square metre retail podium.

Read on after the break for more on Sydney’s newest tower.

Grotius Building of Radboud University Nijmegen / Benthem Crouwel Architects

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Architects: Benthem Crouwel Architects
Location: Montessorilaan 10, Radboud University , 6525 HR , The
Lead Architects: Mels Crouwel, Joost Vos
Area: 16300.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Jannes Linders

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AD Interviews: European Architects on the Mies van der Rohe Award

The European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award is one of the most important and prestigious prizes for architecture within Europe. First established in 1987, the prize is awarded every two years, and a look at the projects over the years offers unique insight into the development of architecture across Europe. To better understand the significance and uniqueness of the award we spoke with two previous award winners – Kjetil Trædal Thorsen and Craig Dykers from Snøhetta and Dominique Perrault from Dominique Perrault Architecture – as well as Peter Cachola Schmal, an architect, critic and the director of DAM, the German Architecture Musuem, and Josep Lluís Mateo of Mateo Arquitectura and a professor of Architecture and Projects at ETH-Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule/ Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich.

“This is the special thing about the Mies jury, that they do visit the top 5 projects, and see first-hand what this piece of architecture is about. And then they vote, which means the jury really knows what they’re voting about,” Peter Cachola Schmal noted.

“It’s a prize for a project, rather than a prize for an architect,” Kjetil Trædal Thorsen added.

Read on after the break for more on the and to see what the architects had to say about the importance of archives…

Piazza Garibaldi / Dominique Perrault Architecture

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Architects: Dominique Perrault Architecture
Location: Piazza Garibaldi, 80142 , Italy
Area: 21000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Peppe Maisto , Courtesy of DPA / Adagp

Video: A Drone’s-Eye View of Apple’s New Campus Under Construction

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At the moment it may be little more than a colossal, doughnut-shaped hole in the ground, but this video is in fact the first glimpse of Apple‘s new Norman Foster-designed Campus in Cupertino. The video, shot using a GoPro camera mounted on a drone, shows that construction of the building’s huge underground parking garage has begun, with concrete poured in a section of the trench. And, as we’ve come to expect from , the fact that it’s a construction site is no excuse for messiness, meaning that elements of the design are already starting to be legible, such as a wider trench marking the main entrance close to the drone’s position. Watch the video above to see the huge campus under construction, and read on after the break for more information about the building’s design.