Mark Byrnes is a senior associate editor at CityLab who writes about design and architecture.
Under-the-radar but exciting new buildings.
Standing at over 1,000 feet high and and welcoming droves of Olympic tourists, London's new Shard (and architect Renzo Piano) is set to get all the attention it deserves and then some. Not to be forgotten are smaller firms creating less luxurious but equally bold work.
We're only a third of the way through 2012 but here's a peek at the most eye-catching buildings to open up so far this year. Leave a comment below if you know of a new building that also deserves mention. We'll be sure to consider it for future summaries later this year.