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

00:00 - 28 January, 2015
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
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 cities, 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 Australia. And, considering nearly two-thirds of the East Asia region’s population (64%) is still “non-urban,” the area is expected to grow exponentially. 

AGi architects' "Floating" Courthouse Wins Second Prize in Qatar Competition

00:00 - 28 January, 2015
AGi architects' "Floating" Courthouse Wins Second Prize in Qatar Competition, © Poliedro Estudio
© Poliedro Estudio

Spanish-Kuwaiti firm AGi architects has been awarded second prize in a competition to design a new courthouse in Qatar’s capital, Doha. The restricted competition, organized by the Government of Qatar, challenged 30 participants, of which four were shortlisted to compete in the final round. 

AGi’s proposal was based off of two grids - the immediate site’s and the larger city - resulting in a “floating,” canopy-like structure that metaphorical “protects” its inhabitants. View the complete proposal, after the break. 

Arquine Launches Competition No. 17: Eastern Metropolitan Green Lung

00:00 - 28 January, 2015
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 competitions, 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 cities 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.

KCC Switchenland Model House / THE_SYSTEM LAB

01:00 - 28 January, 2015
KCC Switchenland Model House / THE_SYSTEM LAB, © YONGKWAN KIM
© YONGKWAN KIM

© YONGKWAN KIM © YONGKWAN KIM © YONGKWAN KIM © YONGKWAN KIM + 26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Yeongcheon-ri, Dongtan-myeon, Hwaseong-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
  • Area

    1773.0 sqm

Melgaço Sports School Monte Prado / Pedro Reis Arquitecto

01:00 - 28 January, 2015
Melgaço Sports School Monte Prado / Pedro Reis Arquitecto, © José Campos | Architectural photography
© José Campos | Architectural photography

© José Campos | Architectural photography © José Campos | Architectural photography © José Campos | Architectural photography © José Campos | Architectural photography + 44

Zhong Huan Plaza Art Center / CAA

01:00 - 28 January, 2015
Zhong Huan Plaza Art Center / CAA , Courtesy of CAA
Courtesy of CAA

Courtesy of CAA Courtesy of CAA Courtesy of CAA Courtesy of CAA + 30

  • Architects

  • Location

    Shijiazhuang, Hebei, China
  • Collaborators

    Cui Heran, Zhang Fanwei, Zhangpan, Lin Yun, ChenFei
  • Area

    540.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

32 Housing / MDR Architectes

01:00 - 28 January, 2015
32 Housing  / MDR Architectes, © Mathieu Ducros
© Mathieu Ducros

© Mathieu Ducros © Mathieu Ducros © Mathieu Ducros © Mathieu Ducros + 29

  • Architects

  • Location

    Montpellier, France
  • Architects in Charge

    Sancie Matte, Arnaud Rousseau, Frédéric Devaux
  • Team Design

    Frédéric Ganichot, Géraldine Savelli
  • Area

    2800.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Arkadia / IND Architects

01:00 - 28 January, 2015
Arkadia / IND Architects , © Fernando Alda
© Fernando Alda

© Fernando Alda © Fernando Alda © Fernando Alda © Fernando Alda + 17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Turkey
  • Architect in Charge

    Arman Akdogan, Felix Madrazo, Alejandro Gonzalez Perez, Giorgio Renzi
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

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

00:00 - 28 January, 2015
El Carmen Hospital Maipu / BBATS Consulting & Projects + Murtinho+Raby Arquitectos, © Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

© Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Pablo Casals-Aguirre + 24

Villa Π / Oliver Grigić

01:00 - 28 January, 2015
Villa Π / Oliver Grigić, © Marin Topić
© Marin Topić

© Marin Topić © Marin Topić © Marin Topić © Marin Topić + 38

Shoe Gallery / Plazma Architecture Studio

01:00 - 28 January, 2015
Shoe Gallery / Plazma Architecture Studio, © Leonas Garbačauskas
© Leonas Garbačauskas

© Leonas Garbačauskas © Leonas Garbačauskas © Leonas Garbačauskas © Leonas Garbačauskas + 12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Gedimino prospektas 9, Vilnius 01110, Lithuania
  • Architect in Charge

    Rytis Mikulionis, Paulius Paskačimas, Evelina Talandzevičienė (Wallpaper graphic design: Daiva Čiuplytė
  • Area

    500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Who Are Architecture's Best Young "Disrupters"?

00:00 - 28 January, 2015
Who Are Architecture's Best Young "Disrupters"?, 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

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.

120 HOURS Launches Student Competition: “Experimental Preservation”

01:00 - 28 January, 2015
120 HOURS Launches Student Competition: “Experimental Preservation”, 120 HOURS' 2014 Winner: Architecture / Antariksh Tandon, Jennifer Tu Anh Phan (click to learn more). Image Courtesy of 120 HOURS
120 HOURS' 2014 Winner: Architecture / Antariksh Tandon, Jennifer Tu Anh Phan (click to learn more). Image Courtesy of 120 HOURS

This year's 120 HOURS student architecture competition is set to run from February 9th through the 14th. The international competition is open to any current Architecture student, anywhere in the world. There is no fee to enter, and you (and your team of up to three) can do so by visiting the 120 HOURS website.

2015 Wood Design Award Winners Announced

01:00 - 28 January, 2015
2015 Wood Design Award Winners Announced, Burr Burton Academy Mountain Campus / Bensonwood + Annette Dey, PE  © Marvin Windows
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 Wood Design Awards celebrate excellence in nine categories at both regional and national levels. See the winning designs for 2015 after the break.

Mojave Rivers Ranger Station / Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects + Gregory P. Luth & Associates  © John Edward Linden Photography   Stapleton Library /  Andrew Berman Architect + Gilsanz  © Naho Kubota Reveley Classroom Building / Patano Studio Architecture, LLC + DCI Engineers © Sozinho Imagery Venture Capital Office / Paul Murdoch Architects + Simpson Gumpertz & Heger © Eric Staudenmaeir Photography + 16

Augmented Reality App “Lego X” Simplifies 3D Modeling

00:00 - 28 January, 2015
Augmented Reality App “Lego X” Simplifies 3D Modeling, © Gravity
© Gravity

Imagine forgoing time-intensive 3D modeling programs to instead create 3D printable models by playfully stacking sensored LEGO bricks. This reality isn’t far from fruition, as the London-based studio Gravity has released plans for an augmented reality app that uses location-mapping and gyroscopic sensors to generate digital (and scalable) models of your creation in realtime. The program, “Lego X” uses an algorithm to intuitively smooth out edges and join corners, allowing for easy modifying and seamless 3D printing. 

See the program in action, after the break. 

The Power Of The Plan: Drones And Architectural Photography

00:00 - 28 January, 2015
The Power Of The Plan: Drones And Architectural Photography, Boa Nova Teahouse / Álvaro Siza Vieira. Image © Joao Morgado
Boa Nova Teahouse / Álvaro Siza Vieira. Image © Joao Morgado

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.

Beijing No.4 High School Fangshan Campus / OPEN Architecture. Image © Xia Zhi Biomuseo / Gehry Partners. Image © Fernando Alda House in Fontinha / Manuel Aires Mateus + SIA arquitectura. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG Terminal Rodoviario / Castelo Branco . Image © Joao Morgado + 13

Two Family Vacation House / MOB architects

01:00 - 28 January, 2015
Two Family Vacation House / MOB architects, © N. Daniilidis
© N. Daniilidis

© N. Daniilidis © N. Daniilidis © N. Daniilidis © N. Daniilidis + 16

Bhuwalka House / Khosla Associates

01:00 - 27 January, 2015
Bhuwalka House / Khosla Associates, © Shamanth Patil J
© Shamanth Patil J

© Shamanth Patil J © Shamanth Patil J © Shamanth Patil J © Shamanth Patil J + 17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bengaluru, India
  • Principal Designers

    Sandeep Khosla and Amaresh Anand
  • Design Team

    Sandeep Khosla , Amaresh Anand , Akanksha Chajjer and Moiz Faizulla
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs