2012 review: October

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Steve Jobs' yacht completed

We're now looking back at our top five stories in October and sailing into an easy first place is the yacht designed by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs before his death, while the news was dominated by architecture in China and the integration of digital and industrial design at Apple.

Scary Beautiful by Leanie van de Vyver

At number two are these Scary Beautiful shoes by Leanie van der Vyver, which force the wearer to walk in an unnatural way.

UK government bans curved school buildings

Third place goes to a news story about the UK government no longer allowing schools to be built with curved or glass walls. Design and education has been in the news a lot recently and you can see all our stories on the topic here.

Vertical Loft  by Shift

A three-storey bookcase comes in at number four in this house in Rotterdam by Shift.

Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry by Chartier-Corbasson Architectes

Fifth place goes to the Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry by Chartier-Corbasson Architectes, built next to a 100-year old mansion in Amiens, France.

World's tallest skyscraper to be built with ready-made 'Meccano' pieces

Architecture and design in China were top of our agenda, with creative director of Beijing Design Week Aric Chen warning that contemporary China should "slow down" just as a Chinese company announced plans to build the world’s tallest skyscraper (above) in just seven months, using a kit like Meccano. Later that month work started on a high-density, car-free "satellite city" for 80,000 people (below) that will be built from scratch in a rural location close to Chengdu.

Great City by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Apple announced plans to bring its hardware and software design teams closer together with both headed by Jonathan Ive (below), as part of a major shake-up of its management team following claims that the company is "a little bit behind" in integrating industrial and digital design.

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Meanwhile Google offered a look inside its data centres (below) and Dezeen was at the Istanbul Design Biennial, where Joseph Grima curated a showcase of new technologies causing a "cultural revolution".

Google offers a glimpse inside its data centres

We then took a closer look at 3D printing with MakerBot Industries' CEO telling us manufacturing can again take place at home as it did before the industrial revolution and creative director of 3D printer company 3D Systems saying that printing products at home is cheaper than shopping.

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