The H&M Foundation has announced the winners of its Global Change Awards, an initiative that highlights material alternatives that can "help reinvent fashion and protect our planet." The winners include a cow manure-based fabric, solar textiles and denim-dyed denim. The public can vote for the projects, with the €1m grant being allocated accordingly.
Uber has withdrawn its self-driving cars from roads following an accident in Arizona. The accident involved an Uber vehicle in self-driving mode and one other car. Although nobody was injured as a result of the incident, the impact of the crash left the Uber vehicle on its side and the other car badly damaged.
A ban that threatened to stop the sale of Apple's iPhone 6 in China has been overturned by a Chinese court. Last year, Chinese firm Baili sought a ban on the sale of the iPhone claiming that it infringed on the design of its 100C smartphone. The court has since found that the patent regulator did not follow proper procedure when the ban was imposed.
RIBA has announced details of RIBA North, an architecture centre planned to open on the Liverpool Waterfront on 17 June 2017. The centre has been designed by Broadway Malyan and will open with the exhibition Liverpool(e): Mover, Shaker, Architectural Risk-Taker, a show devoted to the history of architecture within the city.
Designer Maxime Simoëns has been appointed artistic director of Azzaro. Simoëns succeeds Arnaud Maillard and Alvaro Castejón at Azzaro, and will oversee the 50-year-old fashion label's accessories, couture and ready-to-wear collections. The appointment will not change Simoëns's position at M.X Paris, the menswear label that he founded.
PAD Paris, the collectible art and design fair, has lost its vetting committee over claims that the the committee "could no longer perform a proper job". The committee, a team of experts who evaluate the works on display, had seen the time it was awarded to screen objects before the fair reduced, with two experts excluded “for motives that have nothing to do with professional and ethical standards”.
Design Society, which opens opens in Shenzhen, China in October this year, has announced its inaugural programming. A collaboration with London's V&A, Design Society will open with two exhibitions: Values of Design, which draws on the furniture and design collections at the V&A, and Minding the Digital, which focuses on digitisation.
A Turkish prime ministerial committee has ruled that this month's edition of Elle Turkey contains "obscene content," and have subsequently ruled to restrict sale of the magazine to over-18s. The content, which has not been specified, was deemed "injurious to the morality of children under the age of 18," reports the fashion news website Business of Fashion.
The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) has announced the nominees for its 2017 Fashion Awards. While the majority of winners will be revealed on 5 June, several have already been announced. Demna Gvasalia will be honoured with the International Award while Rick Owens will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Warsaw's Museum of Modern art opens a temporary exhibition space on the Vistula tomorrow, while its new permanent home – set to open in 2020 – is completed. The 6,400sqft portable structure was conceived by Austrian architect Adolf Krischanitz and used to house the Temporäre Kunsthalle in Berling from 2008 to 2010.
London’s Geffrye Museum has secured a £12.3m boost from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards its expansion. The funding means that 90 per cent of the overall cost of the project, being overseen by architecture practice Wright and Wright, is now secure. The scheme would see the addition of a gallery, library, new central reception, entrance and café.
The US Supreme Court has ruled that individual design features on cheerleader uniforms – such as stripes, zigzags and chevrons – can be copyrighted. The verdict, which fell in favour of Varsity Brands Inc, will have "serious implications for the fashion industry," says fashion news website Business of Fashion.
The Association of Art Museum Directors has released a new study that highlights the fact that only one of the USA's largest museums is run by a woman. While the study shows that women lead 48 per cent of art museums, it highlights that a gender gap persists in larger museums, of which only 30 per cent have female directors.
The Danish textile brand Kvadrat and New York's New Museum have announced a three-year partnership. The initiative aims to support emerging artists, and will result in three solo exhibitions – all held at the New Museum – devoted to artists who have not yet been the subject of a major institutional exhibition in New York.
The UK government has announced a cabin baggage ban on laptops and tablets on direct flights to the UK from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia. The move follows the US implementing a similar ban on passengers travelling to the US from 10 airports in eight majority-Muslim countries.
According to a report published by The Art Newspaper, Paris's Centre Pompidou is planning to open a satellite branch in Shanghai's David Chipperfield–designed West Bund Art Museum. The space will show pieces from the museum’s collection, as well as contemporary art from China. In 2007, the Centre Pompidou tried to open a branch in Shanghai’s Luwan neighbourhood but the deal collapsed.
The Westminster City Council has launched the People’s Choice Award, an architecture competition in which residents of Westminster, in central London, vote on their favourite building that has been built in the area in the last 10 years. Members of the public can vote for one of twelve shortlisted designs, including the City of Westminster College and St James’s Market.
The South London Gallery (SLG) in Peckham has announced 6a architects as the winner of a contest to build a £4m addition to the gallery. 6a expanded the gallery's main building seven years ago and will now work to overhaul the nearby Grade II-listed former Peckham Road Fire Station into a new mixed-use cultural centre.
New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced the appointment of Stephanie D’Alessandro as its Leonard A. Lauder curator of modern art, as well as the curator in charge of the museum’s Leonard A. Lauder Research Center for Modern Art. D’Alessandro will begin her post in May, having departed her current role at the Art Institute of Chicago.
The Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI), an organisation devoted to promoting and continuing the work of the geodesic dome-fixated American architect, is to relocate to San Francisco after 12 years in New York. The institute's 2017 challenge, which asks architects to come up with solutions for global crises, is accepting entrants until 31 March.