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.
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.
Writer and artist Clo'e Floirat has sent us a series of comical-satirical drawings of venues for the London 2012 Olympics, including one of the "Awful Tower" representing the much-criticised ArcelorMittal Orbit tower by Anish Kapoor as an Eiffel Tower tied in knots (above). More
The Dezeen office reopens tomorrow following the Queen's Diamond Jubilee holiday. Now you can remember the long weekend forever by downloading a free souvenir poster designed by Hackney graphic designer Sarah Hyndman of With Relish. More
Save the date! On 1 August, Dezeen presents Designed in Hackney Day: a day of design talks, debates, performances and shops involving the best and most interesting architects, designers and makers in the east London borough of Hackney. More
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 Week. Update: this interview is featured in Dezeen Book of Interviews, which is on sale now for £12. More
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.
Slideshow feature: this week marks the completion of the gigantic red ArcelorMittal Orbit sculpture at the London 2012 Olympic park. The tower is the last of the permanent structures to be completed for this summer's games, so here's a roundup of them all including sports venues by the likes of Zaha Hadid and Populous. More
Dezeen Wire: the completed ArcelorMittal Orbit tower has opened its doors to critics, who unlike Dezeen readers have welcomed the gigantic steel structure by artist Anish Kapoor and structural engineer Cecil Balmond. More
(Mostly) Designed in Hackney: east London designers Dominic Wilcox, Ed Carpenter, André Klauser, Barnaby Barford and Donna Wilson have created a range of alternative souvenirs for visitors to east London during the Olympic games. More
Dezeen Wire: design journalists are divided by the announcement that the Olympic Torch by British designers BarberOsgerby has won the overall prize at the Design of the Year awards, presented by the Design Museum in London. More
London Mayor Boris Johnson has unveiled plans for a floating motorway to be constructed on the River Thames, intended to ease congestion in the city ahead of the London 2012 Olympic games this summer. More
London designer Dominic Wilcox is building up to Britain hosting the Olympic games this summer by nibbling his way through 30 boxes of McVitie’s Jaffa Cakes to build models of UK landmarks and icons. More
Designed in Hackney: we're kicking off our new Designed in Hackney initiative today, showcasing world-class architecture and design created in the borough that's home to Dezeen's offices and one of the five host boroughs for the London 2012 Olympic Games. First up is the London 2012 Olympic Torch by BarberOsgerby. More