2012 review: December

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Louvre Lens by SANAA and Imrey Culbert

Our review of the year naturally concludes with December, when the Louvre Lens by SANAA and Imrey Culbert has been our most popular story, the architecture world paid tribute to the late Oscar Niemeyer and the fight to protect design education continued.

Folkwang Library by Max Dudler

Our second most popular story was a music library covered in photographs of marble by Swiss architect Max Dudler.

Absolute Towers by MAD

In third place was a pair of twisting skyscrapers by Chinese firm MAD in Canada.

Beko Masterplan by Zaha Hadid Architects

A swirling complex of apartments, offices and leisure facilities for Belgrade by Zaha Hadid was our fourth most-clicked story of the month.

Smile Makers by Ramblin' Brands

And finally, our fifth most popular story in December featured Smile Makers, these sex toys inspired by and named after typical female fantasies.

Jonathan Ive joins campaign to save UK's creative education

Apple's Jonathan Ive (above) was among over 150 UK designers, brands and organisations to give their support to the growing campaign against the UK government's plans to remove design and other creative subjects from the school curriculum, and even the director of the UK’s Olympic cultural programme said she was "worried" about the changes.

Oscar Niemeyer 1907-2012

Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer passed away aged 104, having worked right up to his death (see his sneakers for Converse launched last month) and architect Norman Foster was among those to pay tribute.

Finally, the boat Steve Jobs commissioned was back in the news, first impounded in Amsterdam following a dispute over an unpaid bill to French designer Philippe Starck and now released following a temporary agreement with Jobs' heirs.

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