A report from Business Insider has claimed that Facebook is developing modular smartphones. The project is being helmed by the company's Building 8, its skunkworks division. Facebook has filed a patent that describes a “modular electromagnetic device” that would alleviate the issue of “expensive and wasteful” conventional electronics.
The Pompidou Center has finalised a deal to set up its first Chinese exhibition space. The deal has been in negotiation for 10 years and will see the Pompidou set up an exhibition space in the West Bund Art Museum in Shanghai. The new space will open in 2019 and host 20 exhibitions in its first five years.
The UK's Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) has published an analysis of university applications for the 2017/2018 academic year. It reveals that 14,000 fewer students have applied to art and design courses – the biggest drop since tuition fees were effectively tripled in 2013.
Driverless cars may hit US roads before comprehensive federal laws are in place to oversee safety. A House of Representatives panel has greenlit a measure that, once signed into law, would expedite the rollout of autonomous cars. The bill will now go before the full House Energy and Commerce Committee.
The shortlist for the 2017 Stirling Prize has been announced. Included on the list are an extension to the British Museum by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, dRMM Architects Hastings Pier and 6a architects' studio for Jurgen Teller, among others. The surprise omission from the shortlist is Tate Modern’s Switch House by Herzog & de Meuron.
The UK government has stated that businesses will not be allowed to add surcharges for card payments from January 2018. The move follows a directive from the European Union, which bans surcharges on Visa and Mastercard payments. In 2010, such charges are estimated to have amounted to £473m on such charges.
From April 2018, all pornographic websites will be placed behind an age-verification wall in the UK. The regulations will likely be overseen by the the British Board of Film and Classification, with websites that do not comply to be blocked. There are concerns that the move could create giant databases of people accessing pornography.
A raft of engineering and design contracts that are worth in total £6.6bn have been announced by the UK government as part of the HS2 high speed rail network. The contracts include shortlist for the the master-planning and redesign of London Euston and Birmingham stations.
A security robot has sadly ended its employment at an office block in Washington DC by drowning itself in an indoor fountain. The model of robot in question, a K5 developed by Knightscope, has a history of making headlines. K5s have previously driven over a toddler's leg in Palo Alto and, also in Palo Alto, been involved in a parking lot altercation.
A 50-year-old floating performance space designed by the American architect Louis Kahn to for the American bicentenary in 1976 is in danger of being scrapped at the end of this year's tour. The self-propelling vessel is 195ft long and incorporates circular doorways and a 75ft-wide stage revealed by a hydraulic lift.
Sportswear brand Reebok has tweeted to mock President Trump's recent comment that Brigitte Macron was “in such good shape -- beautiful”. The brand shared a post that specified that the only occasion in which such a comment would be suitable is upon discovering “a forgotten action figure from your youth, unscathed after decades, in your parents’ basement.”
Pritzker Prize-winning architect Rafael Moneo is to be awarded the inaugural Soane Medal for his services to architecture. The medal will be presented to Moneo on 1 November, and accompanied by the newly launched Soane Annual Lecture, an opportunity for the recipient of the medal to speak about their contribution to architecture.
For the first time since 2009, Paris' Fiac fair (Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain) will include a section featuring design dealers. Now in its 44th edition, this autumn's Fiac will be the largest to date, with 192 galleries represented. The five design dealers, all Paris-based, are Jousse Entreprise, kreo, Laffanour Galerie Downtown Paris, Eric Philippe, and Patrick Seguin.
Construction of the New York Wheel on Staten Island's North Shore, billed as the world's tallest observation wheel, has been "indefinitely delayed" following the firing of its construction team, Mammoet-Starneth LLC. The Wheel has been dogged by delays and financial woes, with the construction allegedly having been at a standstill since May.
The British Council is now accepting exhibition proposals for the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. "Next year’s Biennale theme looks at the fundamental role of architecture," said the council's Sarah Mann. "We want the British Pavilion exhibition to provide an experience of the uplifting power of architecture."
Swedish high street giant H&M has announced that its next designer collaboration – on sale from 2 November this year – will be with Erdem. Canadian-born London-based fashion designer Erdem Moralioglu is know for his hyper-feminine cuts and patterning. A teaser fashion short directed by Baz Luhrmann has been released to mark the announcement.
Apple has announced that it is to build a new data centre in China. The move has been triggered by the company's need to comply with new cybersecurity laws that require companies to store data for Chinese users on servers located in China. The centre will be based in Guizhou as part of a $1bn investment by Apple in the region.
A US judge has ruled that data from a pacemaker may be admitted as evidence in an arson trial. Ross Compton from Ohio has been charged with aggravated arson and insurance, and his version of events has been challenged by medical professionals based on his heart rate, pacer demand and cardiac rhythms from that day.
Design Academy Eindhoven has confirmed that Joseph Grima will be its new creative director, starting from 1 September 2017. The move had been strongly rumoured for over a month, with Grima thought to have been negotiating with the school to succeed its previous director Thomas Widdershoven.
Hyperloop One, the planned vactrain being developed by Elon Musk, has successfully completed its first test. The company said that it made a vehicle travel at 70mph for five seconds through the Nevada desert using magnetic levitation. The company also revealed a prototype of the pod that would be used to travel through the low-pressure tunnel on a cushion of air.