Dezeen's review of the year: May 2013

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One World Trade Center tops-out photo by Placeboe

As we move into May in our review of the year, the news was filled with stories about skyscrapers including the topping out of One World Trade Center.

Zaha Hadid's Miami skyscraper
Zaha Hadid's Miami skyscraper

Skyscrapers

Zaha Hadid revealed a 215-metre-high residential skyscraper for Miami and Wilkinson Eyre won a competition to build a tower on Sydney's harbour.

SOM proposal for Singapore's tallest tower
SOM proposal for Singapore's tallest tower

Proposals were also unveiled for the tallest towers in Singapore and Mumbai.

Chinese newspaper headquarters compared to huge penis
Chinese newspaper headquarters compared to huge penis

Our more comical stories on the topic included a proposal for a Dubai-style "space hotel" in Barcelona and a tower under construction in China that bore an unfortunate resemblance to a penis.

US government blocks downloads of 3D-printed gun
US government blocks downloads of 3D-printed gun

3D printing

The world's first 3D-printed plastic gun was successfully fired in Texas and the US government moved swiftly to block downloads of the files needed to print the weapon at home.

3D-printed Robohand helps children born without fingers
3D-printed Robohand helps children born without fingers

On a more positive note for the technology, a printed robohand was designed to help children born without fingers and a bionic ear that can hear radio frequencies beyond a human's normal range.

Green Box by act_romegialli
Green Box by act_romegialli

Most popular

The top spot in April went to a glazed garden hideaway by act_romegialli disguised inside a dense thicket of bushy plants and blossoming wildflowers.

Urban Stories: Naturescape by Kengo Kuma
Urban Stories: Naturescape by Kengo Kuma

Second most popular was Kengo Kuma's installation of bamboo trees around a topographical landscape of stone and water.

Antinori Winery by Archea Associati
Antinori Winery by Archea Associati

Archea Associati's winery outside Florence with huge terracotta vaults concealed beneath the vineyard came in next.

Torus by N Maeda Atelier
Torus by N Maeda Atelier

A combined house and pet shop with an opaque box balanced over see-through walls of glass and perforated steel was fourth.

Teikyo University Elementary School by Kengo Kuma and Associates
Teikyo University Elementary School by Kengo Kuma and Associates

Kengo Kuma was in the top five again with a primary school in Tokyo, conceived as the modern equivalent of a traditional Japanese schoolhouse.

"The High Line's responsible for New York's best upcoming architecture" - Stephen Burks

Dezeen's month

We jetted off to New York in May for more Dezeen and MINI World Tour, where Stephen Burks took around his favourite parts of the city and Philippe Starck presented a faucet that uses half as much water a regular tap.

See all our stories from May 2013 »