Our recap of the week on Dezeen leads with our most popular and most commented story, the news that a Zaha Hadid-designed building has been pirated in China. Also, scroll on for Dezeen Music Project track of the week.
Rumours spread that Apple is working on a smartwatch that would link up to an iPhone, while scientists at a Spanish university unveiled a new type of concrete that captures rainwater to create living walls of moss and fungi and new study claiming that well-designed classrooms can improve learning by 25% failed to disuade the UK government from imposing restrictions on the design of new school buildings.
The refurbishment of a nineteenth century Irish coach house with a contemporary extension (above) and a mountain apartment block with jagged copper balconies (below) were both popular with our readers too.
Finally, we finished the year with a look back at the most popular stories and news from each month and you can check out our review of 2012 here, including photos of impossible buildings (below), a boat by Zaha Hadid and a memorial to witches by Peter Zumthor.