News: the lighting of the London 2012 Olympic Cauldron was conceived as a religious ceremony, designer Thomas Heatherwick has explained. More »
Discus-thrower Derek Derenalagi competes using a custom frame that's specially designed to meet strict rules for Paralympic athletics, which state that any equipment can be used so long as he can get set up and ready to compete within 60 seconds. More »
Dezeen Wire: plans to develop the London 2012 Olympic Park after the Games end in September were unveiled by mayor of London Boris Johnson yesterday, including the transformation of the press centre into a technology, design and research centre, and the creation of up to 8000 new homes in addition to the athletes' village (+ movie). More »
Movie: Nike Flywire cables that tighten on impact are built into these shoes specifically designed by Nike for running the 1500m track event, as described by the brand’s global creative director for the Olympics Martin Lotti in the last movie of our Nike+ House of Innovation series commissioned by Nike. More »
Dezeen Wire: psychology is on an equal footing with technological advances when designing sportswear to improve an athlete's performance, Nike's creative director for the Olympics Martin Lotti told the audience at a talk hosted by Dezeen editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs at the Nike+ House of Innovation at Selfridges last night.
"It's not just about lightweight," he said. "It's about looking good as well as the psychological element. We see performance on all levels: environmental performance, psychological performance, physical performance." More »