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Viñedo DeCote / Serrano Monjaraz Arquitectos

01:00 - 2 September, 2014
Viñedo DeCote / Serrano Monjaraz Arquitectos, © Jaime Navarro
© Jaime Navarro

© Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro © Jaime Navarro +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ezequiel Montes, Querétaro, Mexico
  • Architect in Charge

    Juan Pablo Serrano Orozco, Rafael Monjaraz Fuentes
  • Builder

    CONVIVE
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

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

00:00 - 2 September, 2014
Interview: Behind the Scenes of the University of Toronto's Mental Health Report, Courtesy of GALDSU
Courtesy of GALDSU

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 other 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.

Giveaway: Introducing the Moleskine Tool Belt

00:00 - 2 September, 2014
Courtesy of Moleskine
Courtesy of Moleskine

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! 

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

00:00 - 2 September, 2014

The third episode of Al Jazeera’s “Rebel Architecture” series takes us on a journey through the settlements and roads of the West Bank with London-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…

World Architecture Festival to Kick-Off in One Month

00:00 - 2 September, 2014
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, WAF 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.

How Fun Hair Salon / JC Architecture

01:00 - 2 September, 2014
© Kyle You
© Kyle You
  • Architects

  • Location

    Lane 51, Section 1, Da'an Road, Daan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Kyle You © Kyle You © Kyle You © Kyle You +23

UNIQLO Le Marais / Wonderwall

01:00 - 1 September, 2014
UNIQLO Le Marais / Wonderwall, © Hufton+Crow
© Hufton+Crow

© Hufton+Crow © Hufton+Crow © Hufton+Crow © Hufton+Crow +12

  • Architects

  • Location

    39 Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, 75004 Paris, France
  • Area

    800.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Grotius Building of Radboud University Nijmegen / Benthem Crouwel Architects

01:00 - 1 September, 2014
Grotius Building of Radboud University Nijmegen / Benthem Crouwel Architects, © Jannes Linders
© Jannes Linders

© Jannes Linders © Jannes Linders © Jannes Linders © Jannes Linders +39

  • Architects

  • Location

    Montessorilaan 10, Radboud University Nijmegen, 6525 HR Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  • Lead architects

    Mels Crouwel, Joost Vos
  • Area

    16300.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Olson Kundig Architects Reinvents Site of Expo '74 World's Fair for 40th Anniversary

01:00 - 1 September, 2014
Olson Kundig Architects Reinvents Site of Expo '74 World's Fair for 40th Anniversary, Concept design for reuse of U.S. Federal Pavilion. Image © Olson Kundig Architects
Concept design for reuse of U.S. Federal Pavilion. Image © Olson Kundig Architects

Forty years ago, the Expo '74 World's Fair opened in Spokane, Washington to great fanfare as the world's first environmentally themed Expo. Perhaps equally as momentous, the former Soviet Union participated for the first time since World War II, and 5.6 million people attended throughout the course of the six month long Fair. This year, Olson Kundig Architects, led by design principal Tom Kundig, partnered with the City of Spokane to reinvent the original park with new concept designs for its structures, program, and facilities.

Concept design for Air Pavilion on Canada Island, night rendering. Image © Olson Kundig Architects Concept design for Water Pavilion. Image © Olson Kundig Architects Concept design for Earth Pavilion. Image © Olson Kundig Architects Concept design for Air Pavilion on Canada Island, day rendering. Image © Olson Kundig Architects +6

Understanding St Louis: The Activism of Bob Hansman

00:00 - 1 September, 2014
Understanding St Louis: The Activism of Bob Hansman, Pruitt Igoe was just one step of the process that led to St Louis' current state. Image by US Geological Survey via Flickr CC User Michael Allen. Used under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>Creative Commons</a>
Pruitt Igoe was just one step of the process that led to St Louis' current state. Image by US Geological Survey via Flickr CC User Michael Allen. Used under Creative Commons

For the past few weeks, events in Ferguson, Missouri have prompted many debates over what can or should be done to ease tensions in this suburb of St Louis. But Bob Hansman, a professor at the Washington University in St Louis, is taking a different approach: understanding it first. This interview with Hansman, originally published on the Washington University in St Louis Newsroom, unearths a few of the issues that have made some areas of St Louis so severely dispossessed.

It’s 10am, and Bob Hansman is on a bus addressing students, brandishing a St. Louis guidebook like a prosecutor at trial.

“Today isn’t this,” he growls. “Get ready.”

Discover more about the work of Hansman after the break.

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

00:00 - 1 September, 2014

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 Apple, 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.

Grimshaw Unveils Sustainable Glass Office Building in the Heart of Sydney

01:00 - 1 September, 2014
View from Above. Image Courtesy of Grimshaw Architects and Crone Partners
View from Above. Image Courtesy of Grimshaw Architects and Crone Partners

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 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.

Roof Terrace View. Image Courtesy of Grimshaw Architects and Crone Partners Roof Terrace View. Image Courtesy of Grimshaw Architects and Crone Partners Street View with Tram Cars. Image Courtesy of Grimshaw Architects and Crone Partners Street Level View. Image Courtesy of Grimshaw Architects and Crone Partners +6

Home Cafes / Penda

01:00 - 1 September, 2014
Home Cafes  / Penda, © Zhi Xia
© Zhi Xia

© Zhi Xia © Zhi Xia © Zhi Xia © Zhi Xia +41

Skow Residence / Colorado Building Workshop + DesignBuildBLUFF

01:00 - 1 September, 2014
Skow Residence / Colorado Building Workshop + DesignBuildBLUFF, © Jesse Kuroiwa
© Jesse Kuroiwa

© Jesse Kuroiwa © Jesse Kuroiwa © Jesse Kuroiwa © Jesse Kuroiwa +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Navajo Mountain, Navajo Mountain, UT 86044, United States
  • Faculty Team

    Rick Sommerfeld, Director Colorado Building Workshop, Hank Louis, Director DesignBuildBLUFF, 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
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Casa Avenal / Carlos Castanheira

01:00 - 1 September, 2014
Casa Avenal / Carlos Castanheira, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +34

  • Architects

  • Location

    Avenal, 3720, Portugal
  • Architect in Charge

    Carlos Castanheira & Clara Bastai, Arqtos Lda
  • Design Team

    Hellen van het hart, Sofia Reis, Duarte Rodrigues, Demis Lopes, Luís Calheiros
  • Project Year

    2004
  • Photographs

Piazza Garibaldi / Dominique Perrault Architecture

01:00 - 1 September, 2014
Piazza Garibaldi / Dominique Perrault Architecture, © Peppe Maisto
© Peppe Maisto

© Peppe Maisto © Peppe Maisto Courtesy of DPA / Adagp © Peppe Maisto +32

Open Call for Curator: Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016

00:00 - 1 September, 2014
Open Call for Curator: Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016, Courtesy of Oslo Architecture Triennale
Courtesy of Oslo Architecture Triennale

Oslo Architecture Triennale (OAT) seeks a Chief Curator or Curator Team for its sixth international festival in Oslo, Norway in autumn of 2016. The Curator will be responsible for the academic and artistic development of the festival, including its conceptual framework, research and programming, as well as exhibitions and events.

The Oslo Architecture Triennale serves as a platform for developing alternative and interdisciplinary projects and is the main international architecture festival in the Nordic region. Content will be developed over the course of three years, and the festival functions to not only display, but to investigate issues of architecture and urban challenges. More on the triennale, and how to apply, after the break.

The Proliferation of "Cultural Genocide" in Areas of Conflict

00:00 - 1 September, 2014
The Proliferation of "Cultural Genocide" in Areas of Conflict, Umayyad Mosque, Old City of Aleppo, Syria (2013).
Umayyad Mosque, Old City of Aleppo, Syria (2013).

In an article for the London Evening Standard, Robert Bevan examines one of the many often overlooked consequences of conflict: the destruction of monuments, culture, and heritage. With heightened conflict in the Middle East over the past decade an enormous amount of "cultural genocide" has occurred - something which Bevan notes is "inextricably linked to human genocide and ethnic cleansing." Arguing that "saving historic treasures and saving lives are not mutually exclusive activities," case studies from across the world are employed to make the point that with the loss of cultural heritage, most commonly architectural, the long term ramifications will resonate throughout this century.