Two Family Vacation House / MOB architects

© N. Daniilidis

Architects: MOB architects
Location: Avlaki, Porto Rafti 190 03,
Area: 280.0 sqm
Photographs: N. Daniilidis

China’s Pearl River Delta Overtakes Tokyo as World’s Largest Urban Area

The Pearl River Delta’s urban growth in 1973 and 2003. Image © Flicker CC user NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

China’s Pearl River Delta has surpassed Tokyo in both size and population, making it the largest urban area in the world, according to the World Bank. The colossal megapolis – a conglomerate of several , including Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Foshan and Dongguan – is a central component to China’s manufacturing and trade industries.

It is now home to 42 million – more people than the countries of Canada, Argentina or . And, considering nearly two-thirds of the East Asia region’s population (64%) is still “non-urban,” the area is expected to grow exponentially.

El Carmen Hospital Maipu / BBATS Consulting & Projects + Murtinho+Raby Arquitectos

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Architects: BBATS Consulting&Projects SLP (Silvia Barbera Correia, Jorge Batesteza Penna, Cristóbal Tirado Luchsinger), Murtinho+Raby Arquitectos (Pedro Murtinho Larraín, Santiago Raby Pinto)
Location: , Maipu, Santiago Metropolitan Region,
Partner In Charge: Cristóbal Tirado
Project Manager: Silvia Barbera, Jorge Batesteza
Project Management: Silvia Barbera, Cristóbal Tirado, Santiago Raby
Area: 70.301 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Nico Saieh, Pablo Casals

The Power Of The Plan: Drones And Architectural Photography

Boa Nova Teahouse / Álvaro Siza Vieira. Image ©

What is the draw of the aerial view? Whereas architects and designers often find solace in this particular spatial perspective there is a more inclusive, universal appeal to this way of seeing. The ease of access to online mapping services has increased our collective reliance on understanding our world from above.

Maps condense the planet into a little world inside our pocket, the commodification of which has universalised the ‘plan-view’ photograph. The question of whether or not their ubiquitous availability, having now been assimilated into our collective consciousness, is a positive step for the status of the plan is a discussion ongoing. Yet, in the face of this dilemma, architectural photographers are pushing the boundaries of drone technology in order to find new meaning.

Melgaço Sports School Monte Prado / Pedro Reis Arquitecto

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Architects: Pedro Reis Arquitecto
Location: , Portugal
Area: 5050.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: José Campos | Architectural photography

2015 Wood Design Award Winners Announced

Burr Burton Academy Mountain Campus / Bensonwood + Annette Dey, PE  © Marvin Windows

The 2015 winners of the Wood Design Awards have been announced at the Bay Area Wood Solutions Fair in Oakland, California. Presented by WoodWorks, an initiative of the Wood Products Council, the awards seek to “recognize extraordinary buildings that exemplify not only wood’s beauty, but the versatility and structural performance attributes that make it such an interesting material to architects and engineers.”

The celebrate excellence in nine categories at both regional and national levels. See the winning designs for 2015 after the break.

Arquine Launches Competition No. 17: Eastern Metropolitan Green Lung

Held annually since 1998, the Arquine International Architecture Competition explores important and relevant topics for society as a whole, creating a space for dialogue and promoting active participation of both national and international architects. It has become one of the best architecture ideas , with over 400 teams from more than 21 countries participating last year.

This year, Arquine is asking: What could be the vocation of the [future, ex] International Airport Benito Juarez of Mexico City? Following the announcement that Mexico City’s new international airport will be constructed in Texcoco, this competition aims to generate proposals for the [future] urban zone. Comprised of a total of 746 acres, the area has the potential to become a catalyst for development and growth of the eastern part of one of the most complex and populated in the world.

Determining the future use of the space now occupied by the International Airport Benito Juarez in Mexico City is one of the most interesting urban development challenges worldwide. The public competition offers a way to dig into the potential use of the area and explore the possibility of creating a large green area in the eastern part of Mexico City.

32 Housing / MDR Architectes

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Architects: MDR Architectes
Location: , France
Architects In Charge: Sancie Matte, Arnaud Rousseau, Frédéric Devaux
Team Design: Frédéric Ganichot, Géraldine Savelli
Area: 2800.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Mathieu Ducros

Water Pore Partnership's Holcim-Award-winning project imagines a much-needed piece of water infrastructure for Las Vegas that doubles as a public space. Image © Water Pore Partnership Courtesy of the Holcim Foundation
Water Pore Partnership's Holcim-Award-winning project imagines a much-needed piece of water infrastructure for Las Vegas that doubles as a public space. Image © Water Pore Partnership Courtesy of the Holcim Foundation

Who Are Architecture’s Best Young “Disrupters”?

In their fifth annual “Game Changers” survey, Metropolis Magazine sought to uncover the visionaries who have the potential to make waves in design and architecture. Profiling six of design’s ”foremost forward-looking talents,” the list includes Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine, the filmmaking duo whose “Living Architectures” series takes a sideways glance at some of the world’s most celebrated buildings; Amy Mielke and Caitlin Gucker-Kanter Taylor, whose work as Water Pore Partnership topped BIG and The Living for Holcim’s North America Award; and finally Aggregate, a collaborative of architecture historians who are rethinking the way we do architecture theory. For the full list and profiles of all those featured on it, head on over to Metropolis Magazine.

E/C House / SAMI-arquitectos

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Architects: SAMI-arquitectos
Location: Pico Island,
Architects In Charge: Inês Vieira da Silva, Miguel Vieira
Area: 214.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Paulo Catrica

Villa Π / Oliver Grigić

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Architects:
Location: , Croatia
Area: 1393.0 sqm
Photographs: Marin Topić

Pulp Press at Kistefos / A2 Architects

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Architects: A2 Architects
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Peter Carroll, Caomhan Murphy, Joan McElligott, David McInerney
Technical Design: Jakob Ilera, INSEQ
Area: 100.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jiru Havran

Résidence Jouanicot – Truillet / Leibar Seigneurin Architectes

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Architects: Leibar Seigneurin Architectes
Location: ,
Area: 6269.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Patrick Miara

Bhuwalka House / Khosla Associates

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Architects: Khosla Associates
Location: Bengaluru, Karnataka,
Principal Designers: Sandeep Khosla and Amaresh Anand
Design Team: Sandeep Khosla , Amaresh Anand , Akanksha Chajjer and Moiz Faizulla
Year: 2014
Photographs: Shamanth Patil J

© Architectural League of New York
© Architectural League of New York

Call for Proposals: 2015 Deborah J. Norden Fund

In memory of architect and arts administrator Deborah Norden, the Deborah J. Norden Fund is calling for proposals from students and recent graduates in the fields of architecture, architectural history, and urban studies for awards up to $5000 in travel and study grants. A program of The Architectural League of New York, participants must submit a maximum three-page proposal, which succinctly describes the objectives of the grant request and how it will contribute to the applicant’s intellectual and creative development. The deadline for submissions is April 16, 2015. For more information, please visit here.

Fenwick Street House / Julie Firkin Architects

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Architects: Julie Firkin Architects
Location: Clifton Hill VIC,
Area: 105.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Christine Francis

Pei Cobb Freed Breaks Ground on Boston’s Tallest Residential Tower

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Construction has commenced on Pei Cobb Freed & Partners’ 61-story condominium tower in Boston’s historic Back Bay. The $700 million development will be the tallest residential building in the city, and the tallest tower to rise since the 1976 John Hancock Tower, also designed by Pei Cobb Freed.

“The project allows us to consider once again how a tall building, together with the open space it frames, can respond creatively to the need for growth while showing appropriate respect for its historic urban setting,” says Henry Cobb of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners.

BLUEPRINT: Curated by Sebastiaan Bremer and Florian Idenburg & Jing Liu of SO – IL

BLUEPRINT is the latest on display at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York. Curated by Sebastiaan Bremer, Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu, the exhibition features 50 blueprints from participating artists and architects, ranging from as far back as 1961 to 2013.