London 2012

British Council announces International
Architecture and Design Showcase 2012

Dezeen Wire:
the British Council has announced the International Architecture and Design Showcase 2012, a season of exhibitions, installations, lectures and films at 50 international embassies and British cultural institutions across London to coincide with the London 2012 Olympics.

It will begin with the London Festival of Architecture on 23 June and end with the London Design Festival on 23 September.

Dezeen and writer/curator Beatrice Galilee will host Designed in Hackney Day on 1 August featuring Hackney design-themed talks, walks and workshops at Hackney House in Shoreditch. Read more about the day here and see our showcase of design and architecture from the borough here.

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Interview: BarberOsgerby on designing
the Olympic Torch

Interview: BarberOsgerby on designing the Olympic Torch

Clerkenwell Design Week 2012: British design duo BarberOsgerby talk about designing the London 2012 Olympic Torch in this movie we filmed last week at the Vitra showroom during Clerkenwell Design WeekUpdate: this interview is featured in Dezeen Book of Interviews, which is on sale now for £12. More »

"Olympics stadium disappoints architects,
but supporting cast save day" - Guardian

Dezeen Wire:
 architects Piers Gough and Amanda Levete plus architectural historian Charles Jencks have given their verdict on the architecture of the Olympic site in an article for British newspaper The Guardian.

While the Olympic stadium and handball arena are severely criticised by the group, all three praise the velodrome and aquatics centre.

Read the full story here and see our special feature rounding up all the permanent structures for the London 2012 games here.