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London 2012 Olympic Cauldron by Thomas Heatherwick

London remained in the spotlight this week, as everyone was talking about Thomas Heatherwick's design for the Olympic Cauldron (above), which was finally unveiled at the opening ceremony of the games on Friday night.

London 2012 Olympic Cauldron by Thomas Heatherwick: model and drawings

Models and drawings of the cauldron went on show at the V&A museum a few days later (above) but weren't enough to satisfy tourists, who complained that the real cauldron is hidden out of sight for most visitors to the Olympic Park.

NLA chair launches T-shirt protest  against Olympic marketing rules

More controversy surfaced around the games after the weekend, as New London Architecture chair Peter Murray launched a campaign against the strict marketing rules that prevent architects, engineers and other businesses promoting their Olympics-related work by wearing a T-shirt printed with a list of their names (above).

Underground Supporter  posters by Rizon

The Royal Institute of British Architects joined the protest soon after, as did London designers Rizon, who came up with a series of unofficial posters that attack Olympic sponsorship (above).

Designed in Hackney Day highlights

In Hackney we hosted a series of talks with some of the most interesting designers and architects from Dezeen’s local borough (above), with highlights including the claims that "software is the most important material we have come across in the last 100 years" and that "anyone can become an expert". Elsewhere in London, Google revealed their latest headquarters (below).

Google Super HQ by PENSON

In other news, Zaha Hadid completed a government building in France (below) and UNStudio released designs for a building shaped like a cactus.

Pierres Vives by Zaha Hadid

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