This week last year architects Populous completed the London 2012 Olympic stadium and it was announced that Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura would be awarded the 2011 Pritkzer Prize. We subsequently published a few of his key projects, as well as a red concrete museum he'd just completed.
We featured a costume for a fictional guerrilla protestor just as the Arab Spring protests were gaining momentum, while in Italy Karim Rashid completed the refurbishment of a subway station that disgusted our readers. One described it as "dizzyingly raucous, overblown, nauseating", while another referred to it as "a crime against humanity".
A house that lets the rain inside was our most popular story of the week, plus we started to look forward to the annual Milan furniture fair by revealing the robot-shaped shelving that Fabio Novembre was to launch and a chair of four wooden pads by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec.
The end of the week marked April fools day, when bogus designs for a giant statue of London Mayor Boris Johnson didn't trick too many of our readers, although a few actually wished the plans were for real.