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2013: The year in design

  • Eye opener
    Critics praised Zaha Hadid's Galaxy Soho project in Beijing for its futuristic curves but a Beijing heritage group mourned the continued destruction of its old town. (Hufton Crow)
  • Power charge
    The winner of this year's James Dyson award for student design was the Titan Arm, a battery-powered upper-body exoskeleton. (Dyson)
  • Winning vision
    Toyo Ito was awarded this year’s prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize, the sixth Japanese architect to get the prize. (Daici Ano)
  • Death of an icon
    Apple said goodbye to skeuomorphic design in its mobile operating system with Jonathan Ive redesigning the look and feel of its software. Some loved it. Some hated it. (Apple)
  • Picture perfect
    Jony Ive also created this one-off Leica camera for the (Red) charity. It took a total of 561 prototype models to create, and was sold for a whopping $1.8 million. (Leica)
  • New dimension
    Dita von Teese models a 3D-printed black gown made of "powdered nylon" created by architect Francis Bitonti and designer Michael Schmidt. (Albert Sanchez)
  • Green scene
    With its plant-covered balconies and terraces, the ParkRoyal on Pickering Hotel, Singapore, topped the hotels category at the Inside Festival awards. (Woha)
  • In your face
    The mainstream push for Google Glass continued: Sergey Brin was photographed wearing the tech on the New York subway, and it featured in the September issue of Vogue. (Getty)
  • Purpose built
    Sweetwater Spectrum, a California-based house designed for adults with autism, hopes to spur similar designs across the United States. (Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects)
  • Design fail
    The convex-shaped Walkie Talkie tower in London concentrated the sun's rays in such a way as to melt cars. It was renamed the Fryscraper. (Getty Images)
From battery-powered exoskeletons to buildings that melt cars, this year was a notable one for design.

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The year in weather

The year in space

The year in wildlife

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