Olympic Cauldron & The Shard Make Design Award Longlist

The Olympic cauldron

The Design Museum has revealed the longlist for its Design of the Year 2013 award, with a number of prominent London projects making the grade.

The Olympic Cauldron, designed by (arguably) London’s greatest modern designer Thomas Heatherwick, was a highlight of the 2012 opening ceremony; its ambitious construction, with each petal brought into the arena with the athletes and assembled piece by piece, and the fact that the design remained a close secret until the final unveiling, greatly adding to the impact.Working against Heatherwick is the fact that last year’s award was also won by an Olympic project: the torch.

Though not quite so universally praised, the Shard has obviously had a major impact on the capital this year. Another controversial nominee is the Exhibition Road shared-space scheme, which has been criticised by some groups.

Other less heralded London-based projects on the longlist include:

The 90 designs on the longlist will be featured in an exhibition at the Design Museum, which will open on 20 March.

Photo of the Olympic Cauldron by Bambography

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