The fashion designer Laura Biagiotti has died, aged 73, after suffering a cardiac arrest. Biagiotti showed her debut collection in 1972 and her design became known for its use of cashmere. She was also the first Italian designer to show in China, having presented a fashion show in Beijing in 1988.
A Freedom of Information request from the Architects' Journal probing Tate Modern's £45m overspend and 4-year delay on its new extension has yielded a number of heavily censored documents. Tate, which is accountable to parliament and partly publicly funded, has never detailed the exact reasons for the overspend and delay of Herzog & de Meuron's £260m project.
The Royal College of Art (RCA) has appointed Apple's chief design officer Jony Ive as its new chancellor. Ive will take up his post in July 2017. "It is a great honour to be joined by the world’s leading designer [...], who has produced consistently innovative and commercially successful technology and design," said a spokesperson from the RCA.
The Cammini e Percosi (Paths and Tracks) programme, launched earlier this year by Italy's State Property Agency and Ministry of Cultural Heritage, is set to give away 103 historic properties to owners who, in turn, pledge to restore the buildings into appealing sites for tourists, such as restaurants or hotels.
A US federal appeals court has found that the Wikimedia Foundation has grounds to sue the NSA over its use of warrantless surveillance tools to monitor Wikimedia's communications. The ruling came following a district judge rejecting Wikimedia's case in 2015, saying that the group hadn't proven the NSA was illegally spying on its communications
Michael Bloomber, the former mayor of New York, has given $75m to Shed, an arts centre planned for the Hudson Yards. “I’ve always believed the arts have a unique ability to benefit cities by attracting creative individuals of every kind, strengthening communities, and driving economic growth,” Mr. Bloomberg said in a prepared statement. “The Shed will help New York achieve all three goals.”
Studio Weave and Architecture 00 have won the commission to create the Camden Highline, a 60-foot-wide, half-mile-long park on a disused stretch of railway between Camden Town and King’s Cross in London. The plan would transform an elevated railway, which was once part of the North London Railway, into a garden path.
German 20th-century artist Kurt Schwitters’s Merz Barn in the Lake District is under threat of being sold off after Arts Council England (ACE) rejected a funding application for the site for the fourth time. After being severely damaged during a 2016 storm, an appeal for funds raised £65,000, including £25,000 at the request of the late architect Zaha Hadid.
Dubai has announced that the UAE's first police robot will join its force in May, with robots planned to make up 25 per cent of its force by 2030. Brigadier Abdullah Bin Sultan, director of the Future Shaping Centre of Dubai Police, announced the news. "We planned for a security system for the future of the city to tackle future crimes," he said.
The Chinese president Xi Jinping has opened a summit focused on China's Belt and Road initiative, a $900bn infrastructure scheme that the nation bills as a contemporary version of the Silk Road and the herald for a "golden age" of globalisation. “The glory of the ancient Silk Road shows that geographical dispersion is not insurmountable,” said Xi.
The software company Neurala has announced plans to use its technology in drones intended to combat poaching in Africa. Partnering with the environmental body the Lindbergh Foundation, Neurala will provide software that will enable drones to pinpoint animals, vehicles and poachers.
Switzerland has voted in favour of an energy plan that will eliminate the use of nuclear power in favour of renewable sources of energy such as solar and wind. More than 58 per cent of voters backed the move in a referendum hosted on Sunday, whose effects are likely to be felt from January 2018. Currently, around a third of Switzerland's energy needs are met by nuclear.
In the face of deteriorating financial results, Ford is to fire its chief executive Mark Fields and replace him with Jim Hackett, the head of the brand's driverless technology division. Fields has been heavily criticised by both investors and Ford's board, both for failing to expand the company and for lagging behind rivals in development of driverless technology.
The Dutch photographer Dana Lixenberg has won the 20th edition of the Deutsche Börse Prize for her project Imperial Courts (1993-2015). The project chronicles the lives of residents of the eponymous social housing project in Watts, Los Angeles, which Lixenberg first visited after the 1992 race riots.
Bournemouth-based illustrator Richard Allen has been named Moira Gemmill Illustrator of the Year in the V&A's 2017 Illustration Awards for his Trump Wave, a reinterpretation of Hokusai’s 19th-century ukiyo-e Great Wave off Kanagawa. Allen was chosen from a pool of over 800 submissions, and has been awarded £8,000 in prize money.
The Norwegian lighting designer Daniel Rybakken has been announced as this year's recipient of world's biggest design award, the Torsten and Wanja Söderberg Prize, awarded in Gothenburg. Rybakken, an alumnus of the Gothenburg's School of Design and Crafts (HDK), will deliver a lecture at the college in English today at 1pm local time.
The London Design Festival has announced a series of the installations that will be present during its 2017 edition. Chief amongst these is Villa Walala, a castle made from building blocks that is being planned for Broadgate and created by the designer Camille Walala.
The art historian Hal Foster has been announced as the next A.W. Mellon lecturer, becoming the 67th lecturer since the series's foundation in 1949. Foster's six-part lecture series will be titled “Positive Barbarism: Brutal Aesthetics in the Wake of World War II” and examine the early work of artists such as Asger Jorn, Eduardo Paolozzi, and Claes Oldenburg.
Kickstarter has announced plans to launch a Japanese version of its crowdfunding service, with the country previously not having been served by the website. A post on Kickstarter's website announced that it would begin accepting projects from Japanese creators later this year.
Vogue has announced that Lucinda Chambers is to step down as fashion director of its British edition. Chambers has worked with Vogue for 36 years. The announcement follows news that British Vogue's long-term editor-in-chief, Alexandra Shulman, will hand over the editorship of the title to Edward Enninful in August.