Dezeen's review of the year: February 2013

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Google unveils video preview of Google Glass headset

Moving on to February in our review of the year, Google was in the news as it unveiled a preview of its Google Glass headset (pictured) and revealed plans for a vast new campus in California.

"Architecture is not about form" - Peter Zumthor

Starchitects

Top architects spoke out about topics they are passionate about. Leading the pack was Peter Zumthor, who declared that "architecture is not about form" during his Royal Gold Medal lecture at the RIBA.

Allowing greenfield development would
Allowing greenfield development would "wreck" London – Richard Rogers

Richard Rogers warned that relaxed planning restrictions would "wreck" London's vitality, Jean Nouvel told Dezeen that apartments are better workplaces than offices and Daniel Libeskind spoke out against architects who create "morally questionable" buildings in undemocratic countries.

Zaha Hadid slams
Zaha Hadid slams "misogynist behaviour" in UK architecture

Also voicing concerns was Zaha Hadid, who slammed "mysogynist behaviour" in UK architecture.

3D printed plastic house will be assembled
Protohouse 2.0 3D printed plastic house by Softkill

3D printing

The race to 3D-print a house picked up the pace as Softkill Design announced plans for a plastic dwelling that could be built off-site in three weeks and assembled in a single day.

Pen that doodles 3D objects attracts $500,000 on Kickstarter
Pen that doodles 3D objects attracts $500,000 on Kickstarter

More people began to embrace the technology, as a pen that can "print" 3D drawings in mid-air attracted nearly $500,000 in one day from Kickstarter backers.

Maracanã House in São Paulo by Terra e Tuma
Maracanã House in São Paulo by Terra e Tuma

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A house in São Paulo by Terra e Tuma with a sunken living room and courtyard concealed behind a ceramic mural was the top story in February.

Slim House extension by alma-nac
Slim House extension by alma-nac

In second place was an extension to a 2.3 metre-wide terraced home in south London.

Ridge Road Residence by Studio Four
Ridge Road Residence by Studio Four

This was closely followed by a rural residence outside Melbourne with a blackened wood exterior.

BIG & small House by Anonymous Architects
BIG & small House by Anonymous Architects

A tiny house in northeast Los Angeles by Anonymous Architects that is lifted off the hillside on a set of concrete pilotis came in next.

Library House by Shinichi Ogawa & Associates
Library House by Shinichi Ogawa & Associates

Shinichi Ogawa & Associates' small white house in Japan with six-metre high living and dining areas rounded off this month's top five projects.

Dezeen talk at Form Us With Love market
Dezeen talk at Form Us With Love market

Dezeen's month

We made our annual trip to Stockholm for the city's design week, where Dezeen editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs moderated a talk about the future of designers and commerce at the Form Us With Love market.

Glass Elephant installation at Stockholm Design Week
Glass Elephant installation at Stockholm Design Week

Installations in the city included robotic arms moving across a landscape of delicate glass objects and Nendo's display of 30 lamps created from a modular set of parts.

Nendo. Illuminated for Wästberg
Nendo. Illuminated for Wästberg

The Japanese designers also created a mountain range from laser-cut foamboard at the entrance to the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair.

80 Sheets of Mountains by Nendo
80 Sheets of Mountains by Nendo

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