London 2012 Olympic Stadium

This week on Dezeen

This week has been all about the run-up to the London 2012 Olympics, of course!

London 2012 Olympic street art by Banksy

You can explore the London 2012 Olympic Park in our brand-new interactive photo feature and check out a slideshow of Olympic architecture here.

Reality Check souvenirs by Tobatron at Dezeen Super Store

There's also new street art by Banksy to mark the occasion and sarcastic souvenirs for cynics (above).

London 2012 Olypmic logo

Over on Dezeen Wire, critic Alice Rawsthorn analyses how attitudes to the Olympic logo (above) have evolved in the five years since its launch horrified the design community and public alike, while Zaha Hadid defends her design for the Aquatics Centre (below) as it emerged 600 tickets have been sold to spectators who were unaware they'll have a restricted view.

Zaha Hadid denies blame for restricted views at London 2012 Aquatics Centre

In other news, the state of Qatar has been accused of “counterfeiting 1000 street lamps” (below), fashion designer Pierre Cardin unveiled designs for a skyscraper in Venice that will be more than twice the height of the bell tower of St. Mark’s Basilica and the RIBA announced their shortlist for the best UK building completed in the last year, swiftly followed by Building Design's shortlist for the worst.

Qatar accused of “counterfeiting 1000 street lamps”

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