Five years ago

Five years ago...

Five years ago this week we published images of the six finalists for the Mies van der Rohe Award 2007, including the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart by Ben van Berkel of UNStudio.

monumental building for Dubai Opera in the United Arab Emirates by Jean Nouvel was described by readers as "vulgar" and "ugly" and we created an interactive map of major architectural projects in the Gulf states.

Images of a structure by Arne Quinze for the Burning Man festival made from 150km of wooden laths attracted plenty of attention and Zaha Hadid designed an exhibition centre with two adjoining residential towers in Moscow.

Meanwhile we continued to round up projects from the Milan furniture fair, including an undulating seating sculpture made from multilayered plywood by architects Massimiliano Fuksas and Doriana Mandrelli.

Dutch designers were busy in Milan, with Hella Jongerius presenting updated versions of her furniture for Vitra, Joris Laarman launching new versions of his Baroque-inspired concrete radiator and Kiki van Eijk and Joost van Bleiswijk showing a collection that included several pieces with quilted detailing.

We also got excited about April being our best month for traffic, with over 200,000 people visiting the site. Thanks to everyone who's still with us!

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