A total of 355 architecture projects in the EU have been longlisted for the 2017 Mies van der Rohe award. Eighteen UK practices feature in the longlist including Zaha Hadid, Wilkinson Eyre, Alison Brooks, FAT and Caruso St John. Out of 260 European cities, only London, Barcelona and Copenhagen have six or more works on the 2017 list.
On Saturday, an estimated 2 million people protested President Trump's inauguration worldwide. Protesters aimed to highlight women's rights, which they believe are under threat under the Trump administration. In Washington D.C., some 500,000 people participated in the Women's March, dwarfing Trump's Friday inauguration crowds.
Calvin Klein has unveiled its first collection since Raf Simons was appointed chief creative officer. The collection, Calvin Klein by Appointment, was quietly announced on the brand's website on 22 January. In the similar vein to the way Calvin Klein confirmed Simon's appointment, there was no press releases or media interviews announcing the collection.
Washington D.C. newspaper The Hill reports that the incoming Trump administration is looking to eliminate the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH), causing alarm among creatives and academics. Trump, who is sworn in today, has not made an official statement on the cuts.
Jorge Daniel Veneciano, director of New York's Museum of Art and Design (MAD), has announced that he will stand down after only five months. Veneciano, an expert in art and political theory, plans instead to write and consult on the intersection between cultural policy, immigrant rights and civil engagements. His role is to be temporarily filled by MAD chair Michele Cohen.
The 14-storey Plasco building from 1962 - once the tallest in Tehran - has collapsed, killing at least 20 firefighters and injuring 70 people. The building collapsed after a fire broke out on the ninth floor. The cause of the fire is unknown, but officials say "managers had been warned about safety issues," the BBC reports.
Syrian antiquities chief Maamoun Abdulkarim has confirmed that Islamic State fighters have demolished the Tetrapylon, one of the most famous monuments in the ancient city of Palmyra. The facade of the Tetrapylon's Roman theatre has also been damaged.
Tesla will not be ordered to recall its semi-autonomous cars in the US, following a fatal crash in May 2016. The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration closed its investigation after it found no evidence of a defect in the vehicle. Joshua Brown was killed when his Tesla car collided with a lorry while operating in Autopilot mode.
British fashion brand Burberry has reported a 40 per cent increase in UK sales in the final three months of 2016. The boost in sales is thought to be a direct result of the UK's vote to leave the EU and the subsequent plunge in the value of the pound which has attracted overseas consumers to luxury British stores.
The five shortlisted sculptures for the next two Fourth Plinth sculptures, scheduled to be installed in 2018 and 2020 in London’s Trafalgar Square, have been revealed. Proposals include a dollop of whipped cream topped with a drone that films passers-by and a recreation of a relic destroyed by Isis in 2015.
Local residents are protesting the planned Hong Kong branch of Beijing's Palace Museum amidst growing tensions between the semi-autonomous region and central Chinese government. "It seems to be a dictation from China, ordering Hong Kong that we should accept this museum without any proper consultation," says protest organiser Lee Cheuk-yan.
Plans to restrict access and charge a fee to sit on the Spanish Steps, an 18th-century Roman travertine stairway in Rome, have received criticism. Luxury goods brand Bulgari paid €1.5m for the recent restoration of the steps. The brand's president, Paolo Bulgari, is now calling for the steps to be protected by a Plexiglas barrier.
The UK's Design Council has appointed Sarah Weir as its new chief executive. Weir, who has previously held roles at Arts Council England and the London Olympic Delivery Authority, has said her ambition is "to champion the role and value of great design in the UK economy, whilst also continually growing its impact on society and the built environment."
Contemporary Istanbul art fair and the Istanbul Biennial are joining to form Istanbul Art Week. The Art Week, which will take place in mid-September, is hoped to boost tourism in Turkey following a spate of terror attacks. For the first time, the initiative is being supported by the local government.
James S. Ackerman, a Harvard art historian whose work centred on architecture, has died aged 97. Ackerman made groundbreaking contributions to the study of Michelangelo and Palladio's architecture, with his text on Michelangelo winning The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians's Hitchcock Award in 1961.
The Crafts Council has acquired two tapestries created by Grayson Perry for A House for Essex, a building designed in conjunction with FAT Architecture. The Essex House Tapestries: The Life of Julie Cope narrate the life of an imaginary character and formed a central part of the FAT project. The tapestries will be displayed in February.
The RIBA has issued a statement responding to Theresa May's speech, delivered yesterday, that detailed the UK's plans for exiting the EU. "Continued uncertainty over the status of EU citizens currently living and working in the UK, and of UK citizens living and working in the EU is casting a long shadow over the architecture sector," reads the statement.
Jason Child has stepped down from his post as chief financial officer of Jawbone, the consumer tech company. Child only joined Jawbone in 2015 from Groupon and his departure adds to the sense of uncertainty surrounding the company's future. Jawbone halted production on its Yves Béhar-designed Up activity trackers in 2016.
The results of the first Design Census, a project initiated by Google and Google and AIGA, have been published online. The project was an open survey exploring the economic, social and cultural factors that shape the design industry in the USA. The survey featured 9,500 participants.
The Swedish Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) have developed a system whereby ambulances can interrupt car radios, CDs and Bluetooth audio to alert drivers. The alert consists of a voice message as well as a digital display on the radio screen, and will only be played to cars with their radios turned on.