The Vienna-based artist, writer and curator Armin Medosch has died aged 54. Medosch specialised in media culture, online communities and the influence of technopolitics on art. In the 1990s, he co-created a gallery for experimental electronic culture on a former GDR transport ship, and from 1996 to 2002 he edited Telepolis, an award-winning magazine about the networked city.
Irvine Sellar, the property developer behind London skyscraper the Shard, has died aged 82. Sellar began his career in fashion, founding the chain Mates by Irvine Sellars (that later became Britain’s second-biggest fashion chain) in the 1960s. Sellar founded the Sellar Property Group in 1991. When he died, Sellar was working full time on a £775m project to redevelop Paddington station.
Séverine Merle has been appointed CEO of French fashion house Céline. Merle replaces Marco Gobbbeti, who stepped down in 2016 to take up the position of CEO at Burberry. Merle, who joins Céline on 1 April from menswear label Berluti, becomes the third female CEO of a LVMH-owned fashion brand.
The New Art Gallery (NAG) in the English town of Walsall has been spared closure after local and art world protest. Walsall council proposed to slash the gallery's funding to inoperative levels. The NAG, which was designed by Caruso St John, was shortlisted for the Stirling Prize in 2000.
Outside Rome, a branch of McDonalds has opened on the site of an old roman road, believed to be a second or third century diverticulum off the Appian Way. With the blessing of Italy's culture ministry, McDonalds has restored the road and placed it on display under a glass ceiling. The road is accessible through a separate entrance to the restaurant.
Chinese photographer Ren Hang has died aged 29. Hang was a self-taught photographer known for his sexually explicit photographs often featuring nude subjects contorted into performative positions. His work aimed to fight censorship and as a result has been repeatedly defaced or removed from exhibitions. Hang was also arrested on multiple occasions in China.
The UK government is set to pledge £17.3m in funding for artificial intelligence and robotics research to be carried out by British universities. The funding is part of the government's digital strategy, to be published on 1 March. A report released in 2016 by Accenture estimated that AI could contribute up to £654bn to the UK economy by 2035.
Eight recipients have been acknowledged in Los Angeles Conservancy's 2017 Preservation Awards. The Awards celebrate, ''outstanding achievement in the field of historic preservation'' across Los Angeles County. Winners include the Valley Times photograph collection and CBS Columbia Square.
Google and Facebook are the latest tech companies to speak out against President Trump's transgender ruling in schools. In a statement published on TechCrunch, Google said: ''We’re deeply concerned to see a roll-back in transgender students’ rights.'' Facebook commented: ''We stand for ensuring equal rights for everyone, including transgender students.''
The UK communities secretary Sajid Javid has issued a rare Article 31 notice to Renzo Piano's Paddington Cube, a 19-storey scheme in the largely low-rise London area. The notice prevents Westminster Council from giving planning consent without the blessing of central government. The Cube, a revised version of an earlier 72-story Pole, has proved contentious among residents.
Waymo, the self-driving car branch of Google holding company Alphabet, is taking legal action against Otto, Uber's self-driving project. Waymo alleges that its former manager Anthony Levandowski carried 14,000 confidential design files over to Otto, which he co-founded. Uber has stated that it will review the matter.
LVMH has announced the 21 shortlisted designers for its annual Young Fashion Designer Prize, chosen by nine esteemed designers associated with the luxury conglomerate. The winning nominee will receive €300,000 and a year of mentorship. Entrants include Molly Goddard, Emerging Talent Winner at the British Fashion Awards.
Apple has announced that Apple Park, its 175-acre campus in the Santa Clara Valley, California, will open to 12,000 employees this April. The campus features a ring-shaped main building, designed by Norman Foster, which is clad entirely in curved glass. The buildings and surrounding parklands will serve as the company's headquarters.
The Münster Sculpture Project, a once-a-decade scheme that sees the Westphalian city pay host to newly commissioned public art, has revealed the 35 participants its 2017 edition. Artists including Jeremy Deller, Pierre Hugyhe, Thomas Schütte and Hito Steyerl (pictured) will create their artworks within Münster's urban and architectural context.
Amazon has refused to give US prosecutors access to recordings from an Amazon Echo smart speaker, which is requested as evidence in an Arkansas murder case. Amazon's lawyers have cited the First Amendment's protection of privacy. The case follows Apple's refusal to grant the FBI unlocked access to San Bernandino attack perpetrator Syed Farook's iPhone.
Apple has spoken out against President Trump's decision to rescind student transgender bathroom rights, a policy established by Barack Obama that allows transgender students to use bathrooms matching their gender identity. In a statement published on Axios, Apple said ''everyone deserves a chance to thrive in an environment free from stigma and discrimination.’'
The Archives de Paris has digitised more than 7,000 tributes to the victims of the Bataclan terrorist attack that took place in Paris in November 2015. The tributes – that include letters, poems, photos, and drawings – can be searched by format and both the location and date that they were found.
Mobile network operator EE has announced plans to provide mobile phone coverage and wifi to rural areas and locations hit by disaster using balloons and drones. The provider plans to launch its first helikite – a mobile broadcast site tethered to helium balloons – later this year. The balloons will allow a mobile signal to be beamed into the area below.
A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to install a permanent sculpture in Brixton in memorial of David Bowie. The nine metre sculpture is inspired by the lightning flash that covered Bowie’s face on the cover of Aladdin Sane and is planned to sit opposite the entrance to Brixton Underground station. The project hopes to raise £1m via crowdfunding.
A team at Disney Research has created a room that can wirelessly charge up to 10 electronic devices. The aluminium-lined chamber uses capacitors on a copper pole, which are linked to a generator outside the room, to provide up to 1,900W of power. The researchers hope to refine the technology to create a safer, smaller charging space.