Viñedo DeCote / Serrano Monjaraz Arquitectos

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Architects: Serrano Monjaraz Arquitectos
Location: , Querétaro, Mexico
Architect In Charge: Juan Pablo Serrano Orozco, Rafael Monjaraz Fuentes
Builder: CONVIVE
Year: 2014
Photographs: Jaime Navarro

World Architecture Festival to Kick-Off in One Month

With only one month to go before the 2014 World Architecture Festival (WAF) begins in Singapore, has unveiled new additions to the Festival Program, including a keynote speech by Ole Scheeren of Buro Ole Scheeren. With “Architects and the City” as WAF’s overarching theme this year, Scheeren’s talk will be on the relationship between architects, architecture and urbanism.

Other keynote speakers include Rocco Yim of Rocco Design Associates who will speak on his involvement in the West Kowloon Cultural District, the largest arts and cultural project in Hong Kong to date, and Richard Rogers who will speak candidly about his life as one of the most influential global figures in architecture and his future agenda. Moshe Safdie will close the Festival, looking back over his extensive career to talk exclusively about the defining moments that shaped its path.

Read on after the break for more information on WAF’s three days of fascinating talks, networking opportunities and its annual awards.

Hozho House / DesignBuildBLUFF + University of Colorado Denver

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Architects: DesignBuildBLUFF, University of Colorado Denver
Location: Blue Mountains, Montana 59301, USA
Faculty: Rick Sommerfeld
Students: Shawn Adams, Erica Alfaro, Patrick Beseda, Gregory Behlen, Anastasia Chmel, Megan Garrett, Lacy Graham, Patricia Gut, Amy Keil, Anna Huey, Catalina Pedraza, Henry Rahn, Foster Ramsey, Scott Rank, Joe Stevenson, Dana Trill, Iassen Vladimirov, Megan Voiles, Ronald Willison, Kristin Zuro
Design Build Bluff Staff: Cindy Bithnell, Hiroko Ogiso, Cortland Wilson, Atsushi Yamamoto
Structural Engineer: Andy Paddock
Area: 800.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of DesignBuildBLUFF + University of Colorado Denver

Al Jazeera’s Rebel Architecture: Episode 3, “The Architecture of Violence”

The third episode of ’s “Rebel Architecture” series takes us on a journey through the settlements and roads of the West Bank with -based, Israeli architect, academic and writer, Eyal Weizman. In the 25-minute episode, Weizman shows the key role of architecture in the Israeli occupation of Palestine, and talks about his latest project, Forensic Architecture, which uses damage to buildings as evidence for war crimes.

Watch the full episode above and read on after the break for a full episode synopsis and a preview of upcoming episodes…

Le Grand Plateau / Atelier Pierre Thibault

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Architects: Atelier Pierre Thibault
Location: Mirond Lake, , , SK S0P, Canada
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, Lo Barnechea, 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 airport 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: De Pinte,
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, Tel Aviv,
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, South Korea
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: , , UT 86044, USA
Faculty Team: Rick Sommerfeld, Director Colorado Building Workshop, 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 George Street 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 ’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.