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).
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.
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.
Zaha Hadid's tower at Hong Kong Polytechnic University topped the list of most-clicked stories in July.
Flat-pack refugee shelters developed by Ikea came in second place.
Number three was a family home in Japan that's just 2.7 metres wide.
A contemporary house inserted behind the crumbling walls of a ruined twelfth-century castle in England was next.
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.
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.