Introducing a new weekly feature on Dezeen: this time last year Foster + Partners completed the world’s tallest tensile structure in Kazakhstan as its architect Lord Foster surrendered his seat in the House of Lords to avoid paying full British taxes.
Jean Nouvel's bright red Serpentine Gallery Pavilion was reaching for the sky in London's Kensington Gardens while students from the Royal College of Art exhibited their graduation projects across the road.
Meanwhile the UK government scrapped its Building Schools for the Future programme in a £5 billion cost-cutting drive.
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