Dezeen's review of the year: March 2013

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3D-printed dress for Dita Von Teese by Michael Schmidt and Francis Bitonti

3D printing and scanning was hot on the agenda again in March, when a fully articulated dress was printed and worn by Dita Von Teese (pictured) and space architects planned to print a lunar base.

Road-ready 3D-printed car on the way
Road-ready 3D-printed car by Stratasys

3D printing

A fuel-efficient 3D-printed car was predicted to hit the road in two years, while the house-printing race saw Amsterdam architects' proposal to print a canal house emerge as a late runner.

MakerBot reveals prototype desktop 3D scanner
MakerBot reveals prototype desktop 3D scanner

Makerbot revealed a prototype of a desktop 3D scanner for copying objects at home and released customisable files for the OUYA games console.

Wiki Weapon firm launches 3D printing Pirate Bay
Wiki Weapon firm launches 3D printing Pirate Bay

However, the subject took a sinister turn when the Wiki Weapons firm that developed open-source 3D-printed gun parts launched a file-sharing website for blueprints to illicit items including weapons and drugs.

Toyo Ito wins Pritzker Prize 2013
Toyo Ito wins Pritzker Prize 2013

Pritzker Prize controversy

After Toyo Ito was awarded this year's Pritzker Prize, Denise Scott Brown asked to be retrospectively acknowledged for her involvement in the projects that led her partner and husband Robert Venturi to receive the accolade in 1991.

Denise Scott Brown demands Pritzker recognition
Denise Scott Brown demands Pritzker recognition

A string of high-profile architects including Zaha Hadid, Farshid Moussavi and Hani Rashid then signed a petition calling for Scott Brown to be recognised, but the request was rejected by the organisers later in the year.

Good Vibrations by Ferruccio Laviani for Fratelli Boffi
Good Vibrations by Ferruccio Laviani for Fratelli Boffi

Most popular

Our top story was about a cabinet that appeared to be intricately carved to look like a distorted digital photo.

East London House by David Mikhail Architects
East London House by David Mikhail Architects

David Mikhail's extension to a nineteenth-century house east London took second place.

Skyhouse by David Hotson and Ghislaine Viñas
Skyhouse by David Hotson and Ghislaine Viñas

A tubular steel slide plummets through four storeys inside the penthouse apartment in New York by David Hotson that came third.

Still by Apollo Architects & Associates
Still by Apollo Architects & Associates

Fourth was a Japanese courtyard house with elevated wooden walkways and glass walls behind its thick concrete exterior by Apollo Architects & Associates.

Casa 2G by Stación-ARquitectura
Casa 2G by Stación-ARquitectura

Another courtyard house with a concrete facade, this time in Mexico, was the fifth most popular post.

"We've been designing biology for 10,000 years" - Daisy Ginsberg

Dezeen's month

We kicked off our Dezeen and MINI World Tour of eight design events around the world with Design Indaba in Cape Town, where we spoke to designers about the integration of design and technology.

Daan Roosegaarde discusses his Smart Highway project
Daan Roosegaarde's Smart Highway project

Daisy Ginsburg introduced us to synthetic biology, Daan Roosegaarde chatted about his designs for glow-in-the-dark roads and Masashi Kawamura told us about the television commercial he made featuring dancing sperm.

Motion-captured sperm for a television commercial

See all our stories from March 2013 »