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Last week, Apple's Steve Jobs made a design presentation – not to masses of swooning tech journalists, but to the Cupertino, California city council. What Jobs unveiled this time was Apple's future corporate headquarters. The design, by celebrated architect Norman Foster, is shaped like a giant glass doughnut with curved windows all around. It's four stories tall and more than half a mile in circumference (and has been compared by some to a British spy agency building). Kurt Andersen spoke with design writer and curator Phil Patton about what this fantastic, futuristic building could mean for Apple and the design legacy of Steve Jobs. "It is a perfect metaphor for the best and worst of Apple," Patton says. "Elegant simplicity, but the problem is sometimes the simplicity comes at the cost of integrating with others or with practicality."    Video: Steve Jobs' presentation to the Cupertino city council

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