Interactive Infographic Tracks the Growth of the World’s Megacities

Tokyo remains the world’s largest city, but is beginning to see competition from the world’s other megacities. Image © Flickr CC User Les Taylor

With more than 7 billion people now alive, the greatest population growth over the last century has occurred in urban areas. Now, a new series of interactive maps entitled “The Age of Megacities” and developed by software company ESRI allows us to visualize these dramatic effects and see just how this growth has shaped the geography of 10 of the world’s 28 megacities. Defined as areas with continuous urban development of over 10 million people, the number of megacities in the world is expected to increase, and while Tokyo still tops the list as the world’s largest megacity, other cities throughout Asia are quickly catching up. Find out more after the break.

Ramona / MM18 Arquitetos

© Pedro Vannucchi

Architects: MM18 Arquitetos
Location: São Paulo – São Paulo, Brasil
Project Architects: Mila Strauss + Marcos Paulo Caldeira
Project Area: 358.9 m2
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Pedro Vannucchi

Friedrich Bayer Bridge / LoebCapote Arquitetura e Urbanismo

© Leonardo Finotti

Architects: LoebCapote Arquitetura e Urbanismo
Location: São Paulo – São Paulo,
Architect In Charge: Roberto Loeb And Luis Capote
Design Team: Damiano Leite, Chantal Longo
Area: 90.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

Toblerone House / studiomk27

© Nelson Kon

Architects: studiomk27
Location: São Paulo – São Paulo,
Architect In Charge: Marcio Kogan
Co Architects: Diana Radomysler
Design Team: Carolina Castroviejo, Fernanda Palmieri, Fernando Falcon, Mariana Simas, Oswaldo Pessano
Area: 590.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Nelson Kon

BOX 298 Building / Andrade Morettin Arquitetos Associados

© Nelson Kon

Architects: Andrade Morettin Arquitetos Associados
Location: Vila Madalena, São Paulo,
Project Architects: Vinicius Andrade, Marcelo Morettin
Coordinators: Marcelo Maia Rosa, Renata Andrulis
Collaborators: Marcio Tanaka, Ricardo Gusmão, Guido Otero, Beatriz Vanzolini
Project Area: 5600.0 m2
Project Year: 2009
Photography: Nelson Kon

Itobi House / Apiacás Arquitetos

© Pregnolato e Kusuki Estúdio Fotográfico

Architects: Apiacás Arquitetos
Location: São Paulo,
Project Architects: Acácia Furuya, Anderson Freitas, Pedro Barros
Collaborators: Accácio Mello, Ana Lúcia Santana, Bárbara Francelin, Cibele Mion, Daniela Santana, Fábio Teruia, Francisco Veloso, Gabriela Campos, Leonor Vaz, Maria Wolf, Marcelo Otsuka, Otávio Filho, Pedro Parede
Project Area: 200.0 m2
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Pregnolato e Kusuki Estúdio Fotográfico

AD Classics: São Paulo Museum of Art (MASP) / Lina Bo Bardi

© Pedro Kok

When Lina Bo Bardi received the commission to build a new museum of art on São Paulo’s Terraço do Trianon, she was given the job under one condition: under no circumstances could the building block the site’s panoramic vistas of the lower-lying parts of the city. This rule, instituted by the local legislature, sought to protect what had become an important urban gathering space along Avenida Paulista, the city’s main financial and cultural artery. Undeterred, Bo Bardi came up with a solution that was simple and powerful. She designed a building with a massive split through its midsection, burying half of it below the terrace and lifting the other half into the sky. As a result, the plaza remained open and unobstructed, and in 1968, the iconic São Paulo Museum of Art (MASP) was born.

Milbank / Triptyque

© Pedro Kok

Architects: Triptyque
Location: Rua Colômbia, 325 – Jardim Paulista, São Paulo – São Paulo,
Architect In Charge: Vitoria Ferraz e Manuela Coelho
Partners: Greg Bousquet, Carolina Bueno, Guillaume Sibaud e Olivier Raffaelli
Area: 1200.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Pedro Kok

Fidalga Building / Andrade Morettin Arquitetos Associados

© Nelson Kon

Architects: Andrade Morettin Arquitetos Associados
Location: Vila Madalena, São Paulo,
Design Team: Florian Schmidt-Hidding, Marcelo Maia Rosa, Renata Andrulis
Area: 3,775 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Nelson Kon

A.B House / Andrade Morettin Arquitetos Associados

© Nelson Kon

Architects: Andrade Morettin Arquitetos Associados
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
Design Team: Marcio Tanaka, José Paulo Gouvêa, Marcelo Maia Rosa, Marina Mermelstein, Merten Nefs, Renata Andrulis, Thiago Natal Duarte
Area: 1,364 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Nelson Kon

Pepiguari House / Brasil Arquitetura

© Nelson Kon

Architects: Brasil Arquitetura
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
Architect In Charge: Francisco Fanucci, Marcelo Ferraz
Design Team: Anne Dieterich, Anselmo Turazzi, Beatriz Marques, Cícero Ferraz Cruz, Fabiana Fernandes, Felipe Zene, Gabriel Grinspum, Gabriel Mendonça, Luciana Dornellas, Pedro Del Guerra, Victor Gurgel
Area: 295 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Nelson Kon

YPY / SuperLimão Studio

© Maira Acayaba

Architects: SuperLimão Studio
Location: São Paulo,
Design Team: Lula Gouveia, Thiago Rodrigues, Sérgio Cabral, Antonio Carlos Figueira de Mello
Photographs: Maira Acayaba

Terminal da Lapa / Núcleo de Arquitetura

© Nelson Kon

Architects: Núcleo de Arquitetura
Location: Rua Guaicurus – Água Branca, São Paulo,
Architect In Charge: Luciano Margotto, Marcelo Ursini, Sérgio Salles
Area: 7015.0 sqm
Year: 2003
Photographs: Nelson Kon


© João Nitsche

Location: São Paulo,
Architect In Charge: Vinicius Andrade e Marcelo Morettin, Lua Nitsche
Design Team: Suzana Barbosa, Renata Cupini, Marianna Dal Canton
Photographs: João Nitsche


© Nelson Kon

Location: Alto de Pinheiros, São Paulo,
Area: 1,811 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Nelson Kon

Produtora Kana / AR Arquitetos

© Pedro Kok

Architects: AR Arquitetos
Location: Pinheiros, São Paulo,
Project Architects: Marina Acayaba, Juan Pablo Rosenberg
Collaborator: Flávia Torres
Project Area: 136 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Pedro Kok

House 7×37 / CR2 Arquitetura

© Rafaela Netto

Architects: CR2 Arquitetura
Location: São Paulo,
Authors: Cecilia Reichstul, Clara Reynaldo
Collaborators: Ana Luiza Galvão, Camila Haickel, Elisa Vaz, Luiza Aquino, Giovanna Klestoff 
Area: 185 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Rafaela Netto

Bio-nanomanufacturing Laboratory / Piratininga Arquitetos Associados + VD Arquitetura

© Maíra Acayaba

Architects: Piratininga Arquitetos Associados, VD Arquitetura
Location: Campus do IPT, Butantã, São Paulo, Brasil
Authors: José Armênio de Brito Cruz, Renata Semin, Vera Lúcia Domchske
Coauthors: Gastão Sales, Gustavo Partezani
Project Area: 13,461 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Maíra Acayaba