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PLAYscapes Competition Results Announced

"People tend to forget that play is serious." - David Hockney

PLAYscapes, an international design competition launched earlier this year asking people to "submit a plan or proposal to turn a neglected forgotten part of your city into a playscape," has announced their winning entries. Set up by Building Trust International, the competition called for "professional and student architects and designers from cities around the world to propose ideas which encouraged public interaction and turned redundant city spaces into fun creative places."

Find out more about the winning professional entry from the City of Cape Town, entitled Cape Town Gardens Skatepark, along with the winning student entry from the Lusiada University of Lisbon, entitled Bring a Pal and Have Fun, after the break...

Mogadouro`S Bus Station / Cannatà & Fernandes

  • Architects: Cannatà & Fernandes
  • Location: Mogadouro, Portugal
  • Architect In Charge: Fátima Fernandes And Michele Cannatà
  • Design Team: André Lira, Bruno Marques, Filipe Afonso, João Moura, Marta Lemos, Miguel Meirinhos, Nuno Castro
  • Project Year: 2006
  • Photographs: Luís Ferreira Alves

© Luís Ferreira Alves © Luís Ferreira Alves © Luís Ferreira Alves © Luís Ferreira Alves

House in Vila Boim / Intergaup

  • Architects: Intergaup
  • Location: Vila Boim, Portugal
  • Architect In Charge: Rodrigo Vieira da Fonseca
  • Area: 450.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Intergaup

Courtesy of Intergaup Courtesy of Intergaup Courtesy of Intergaup Courtesy of Intergaup

Cardal House / Cannatà & Fernandes

  • Architects: Cannatà & Fernandes
  • Location: Bemposta, Portugal
  • Architect In Charge: Fátima Fernandes E Michele Cannatà
  • Project Year: 2002
  • Photographs: Luís Ferreira Alves

© Luís Ferreira Alves © Luís Ferreira Alves © Luís Ferreira Alves © Luís Ferreira Alves

Video: Esmeriz House / Cosimo Projectos

Esmeriz House was completed in 2011 by Cosimo Projectos (João Pestana and Luís Caldeira) in Vila Nova Portugal. Beautiful house filmed by ARCHMOV.

Parede 11 / Humberto Conde

© FG + SG
© FG + SG
  • Architects: Humberto Conde
  • Location: Rua 31 de Janeiro 11, 2775-271 Parede, Portugal
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: FG + SG

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AD Interviews Eduardo Souto de Moura On His Latest Prize

ArchDaily got the chance to briefly speak with Pritzker-prize winning Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura when he (along with the Porto Metro Authority) received the Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design earlier this month. His design for the Metro system in Porto, Portugal garnered high praise from the jury, with member Rahul Mehrotra explaining that the project “shows generosity to the public realm unusual for contemporary infrastructure projects.” Upon receipt of the award, the head of the Porto Metro, João Velez Carvalho, thanked Souto de Moura for his efforts in this “urban revolution” and touted Porto as a destination in which people actively and enthusiastically seek out the architecture of Souto de Moura and fellow Portuguese architect Alvaro Siza. 

Souto de Moura spent a few moments with us to describe both the challenges and rewards of working on a project that saw the completion of 60 new stations constructed in 10 years within the sensitive fabric of the city of Porto—a UNESCO World Heritage site. 

ArchDaily: What is your opinion of architecture prizes?

Eduardo Souto de Moura: I won’t be modest, I like describing my opinion about them because the profession is so tough and difficult that is it complicated to achieve a high level of quality. So when you’re awarded a prize it’s like a confirmation of your effort. But the other thing is that a project is not the act of an individual, it’s a collective act. When there’s a prize, the press and the people, the “anonymous people,” go see the project and talk about it, critique it. That’s what gives me the motivation to continue in the profession. And every time it gets more difficult. 

House On A Warehouse / Miguel Marcelino

  • Architects: Miguel Marcelino
  • Location: Chicharo, 2350, Portugal
  • Structural Engineering: João Esteves
  • Plumbing Engineering: José Rodrigues
  • General Contractor: João Felício
  • Area: 437.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: João Morgado

© João Morgado © João Morgado © João Morgado © João Morgado

Villa Escarpa / Mario Martins

  • Architects: Mario Martins
  • Location: Luz, Portugal
  • Team: Rita Rocha; Rui Duarte; Sara Glória; Sónia Santos; Fernanda Pereira; Ana Filipa Santos
  • Technical Projects: Nuno Grave, Engenharia, Lda
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: FG+SG

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House in Pedrogão / Phyd Arquitectura

  • Architects: Phyd Arquitectura
  • Location: Pedrogão, 2350, Portugal
  • Architect In Charge: Paulo Henrique Durão
  • Model: Alexandre Calado
  • Area: 285.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Montserrat Zamorano

© Montserrat Zamorano © Montserrat Zamorano © Montserrat Zamorano © Montserrat Zamorano

House in Mosteiro / Arquitectos Matos

© Joao Morgado
© Joao Morgado
  • Architects: Arquitectos Matos
  • Location: 4520 Santa Maria da Feira, Portugal
  • Architect In Charge: Ricardo Matos, Nuno Matos
  • Co Author: Luís Loureiro
  • Architecture Collaboration: Hugo Gomes
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Joao Morgado

© Joao Morgado © Joao Morgado © Joao Morgado © Joao Morgado

Winners Announced for 2013 Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design

The Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) has announced the 11th Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design award winners: Eduardo Souto de Moura’s Metro do Porto in Porto, Portugal, and the Northeastern Urban Integration Project in Medellín, Colombia. 

When commenting on the significance of the two prize-winning projects, jury member Micahel Sorkin stated: "If there are lessons to be drawn for urban design from Medellín and Porto, I think the broader lesson has to do with the disruption of the segregation of the disciplines in the design field. Historically we have understood that Landscape Architecture sits in one place, Architecture in another, and Urban Design and Planning [in another, with all three disciplines] in constant conflict about their territorial rights. One of the things that is revolutionary about the Medellín project is that distinguishing among the disciplines is no longer possible."

More about the prize-winning projects, courtesy of the GSD:

Casa 103 / ultramarino | marlene uldschmidt architects

  • Architects: ultramarino | marlene uldschmidt architects
  • Location: Casa 103, Ferragudo, Portugal
  • Collaboratin: Maurícia Bento, Arq.ª
  • Structure: Protecna Engineering Team
  • Carpentry: equipa quatro
  • Area: 230.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: FG+SG

© FG+SG © FG+SG © FG+SG © FG+SG

RAINHA / Atelier d’Architecture Bruno Erpicum & Partners

© FG+SG - Fernando Guerra © FG+SG - Fernando Guerra © FG+SG - Fernando Guerra © FG+SG - Fernando Guerra