Dezeen's review of the year: November 2013

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Olafur Eliasson's tears used to make human cheese

Things got a little weird in November, as our focus turned to synthetic biology and we featured cheese made from bacteria taken from human noses and tears (pictured) plus new creatures that could save existing species.

Bio-surfaces containing
Bio-surfaces containing "hacked" bacteria could clean your feet as you walk on them

Synthetic biology

Other bizarre stories included bio-surfaces containing "hacked" bacteria that could clean your feet as you walk on them and floor tiles made of coloured snail poo.

I Wanna Deliver A Dolphin... concept for humans giving birth to their food by Ai Hasegawa
I Wanna Deliver A Dolphin... concept for humans giving birth to their food by Ai Hasegawa

We also featured "Frankenstein-esque hybrid organs" that could be created from animal cells and even a concept for a woman giving birth to a dolphin so she could eat it.

Zaha Hadid unveils design for Qatar 2022 World Cup stadium
Zaha Hadid unveils design for Qatar 2022 World Cup stadium

Zaha Hadid's Qatar stadium

Zaha Hadid unveiled the design for a stadium to host football games during the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup. Critics and many of our readers compared the Al Wakrah stadium to a vagina, but the architect hit back at the claims and described the comments as "embarrassing" and "ridiculous".

Naples subway station entrance by Amanda Levete and Anish Kapoor
More examples of yonic architecture, including a Naples subway station entrance by Amanda Levete and Anish Kapoor

We then compiled a selection of more yonic architecture projects that we'd previously featured.

OMA completes De Rotterdam
OMA completes De Rotterdam "vertical city" complex

OMA's De Rotterdam opens

OMA completed its vast De Rotterdam development and Rem Koolhaas told Dezeen that the building is "a dynamic presence in the city" in an exclusive movie interview.

Shreddies underwear that stops farts smelling
Shreddies underwear that stops farts smelling

Most popular

Most clicked in November was underwear designed to stop farts from smelling.

Honey bees can be trained to detect cancer
Honey bees can be trained to detect cancer "in ten minutes" says designer

In second place, a proposal to train honey bees to detect cancer "in ten minutes".

"No-one has realised" that most homeware catalogue images are renderings says CGI artist

Next up was our interview with a leading CGI artist, who told us that images in most kitchen, bathroom and bedroom catalogues are computer-generated but "no-one has realised".

Sinuous structure by NEXT architects wins Chinese bridge competition
Sinuous structure by NEXT architects wins Chinese bridge competition

A sinuous structure that won a Chinese bridge competition was fourth most popular.

New images released showing Heatherwick's Garden Bridge across the Thames
New images released showing Heatherwick's Garden Bridge across the Thames

Then in fifth place were new images of the garden bridge to span the River Thames proposed by Thomas Heatherwick.

Dezeen wins three awards in two weeks
Dezeen wins three awards in two weeks

Dezeen's month

We cleaned up during the November award season. Dezeen founder and editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs was named Business Web Editor of the Year by the British Society of Magazine Editors and also made the Hospital Club 100 list of the most influential people in the UK's media and creative industries. To top it off Dezeen scooped Digital Service of the Year at the IBP Awards, bringing our total haul to three awards in less than two weeks.

World Design Guide relaunches with key events for 2014
World Design Guide relaunches with key events for 2014

We also relaunched our World Design Guide of the best architecture and design events around the globe with a new look and updated content for 2014.

See all our stories from November 2013 »

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