Dezeen's review of the year: July 2013

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China suspends construction of world's tallest building

Moving into the second half of the year, China opened the largest building in the world in Chengdu in July but halted the construction of a 838-metre-high tower in Changsha that was planned to become the world's tallest (pictured).

Graduates should
Graduates should "work for nothing" says D&AD chairman

Internships

The debate about unpaid internships sparked by Sou Fujimoto continued into July when D&AD chairman Dick Powell said that young designers should offer to work for free.

Young people
Young people "can't afford to work for free" says Intern magazine founder

This caused outrage in the design community and among our readers, so Powell moved to defuse the controversy by writing a letter to Dezeen stating that unpaid work is not "acceptable on any level". The founder of Intern magazine also spoke about the dangers of creating a culture on unpaid labour in an interview we conducted.

3D printers hit UK high street
3D printers hit UK high street

3D printing

The relentless march towards a 3D-printed future paced forward, as 3D printers hit the UK high street and German police tested a printed gun.

3D-printed drones capable of self-assembly
3D-printed drones capable of self-assembly

Researchers developed 3D-printed drones capable of self assembly and NASA certified the first printer for use in space.

Innovation Tower at Hong Kong Polytechnic University by Zaha Hadid Architects
Innovation Tower at Hong Kong Polytechnic University by Zaha Hadid Architects

Most popular

Zaha Hadid's tower at Hong Kong Polytechnic University topped the list of most-clicked stories in July.

Ikea develops flat-pack refugee shelters
Ikea develops flat-pack refugee shelters

Flat-pack refugee shelters developed by Ikea came in second place.

Promenade House by FORM/Kouichi Kimura Architects
Promenade House by FORM/Kouichi Kimura Architects

Number three was a family home in Japan that's just 2.7 metres wide.

Astley Castle renovation by Witherford Watson Mann
Astley Castle renovation by Witherford Watson Mann

A contemporary house inserted behind the crumbling walls of a ruined twelfth-century castle in England was next.

+node by UID Architects
+node by UID Architects

The top five was completed by another Japanese house, which is cantilevered above the forest floor and has a hole underneath to let trees grow up inside.

Dezeen Daily launches
Dezeen Daily launches

Dezeen's month

We took a break from travelling, but launched a new email service bringing you all the headlines from Dezeen every day and cleverly called it Dezeen Daily.

See all our stories from July 2013 »