A pioneering partnership between the UK and China, the new V&A Gallery in Shenzhen will be the cornerstone of the city's cultural hub dedicated to design.
Design and architecture
Official statistics released on 30 November 2017 reveal that the UK Creative Industries added £91.8 billion to the country's economy in 2016, around £10.5m per hour. The contribution of the sector rose by 7.6 per cent, twice the average growth across the economy by Gross Added Value, and now make up 5.3% of the UK economy.
In six years, the Creative Industries subsectors have increased their economic contribution by 44.8 per cent. The highest growth areas included:
A partnership between sustainable luxury fashion accessory brand Bottletop and Krause Architects and AI Build has begun with the opening of Bottleshop's flagship store on Regent Street in London. Using a 'zero waste design', the store will include an entirely 3D-printed interior made entirely from plastic waste.
Louvre Abu Dhabi opened its doors to the public on 11 November 2017 and is the first museum of its kind in the Arab world to focus on shared human stories across civilizations and cultures.
As part of their £35.5 million expansion, the National Portrait Gallery has launched a competition for a £2 million architectural contract to redesign the Grade I-listed building in Trafalagar Square. You can apply here, with a deadline of 9 November 2017.
A new Centre for Music will become the home of the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) and will be designed by the architects of New York's High Line, a park built on a repurposed rail line in the centre of Manhattan.
The Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) studio – with UK architects (Sheppard Robson) and theatre consultants (Charcoalblue), and Japanese acoustics experts (Nagata Acoustics) – will build upon the site of the Museum of London at London Wall.
Taking place throughout the month of June 2018, the London Festival of Architecture has announced that its theme for 2018 will be 'identity'.
London Festival of Architecture director Tamsie Thomson says:
Church Architecture is a growing area of work for the UK's architects, the shortlists for the 2017 Church Architecture Awards reveal.
This year, a Belarusian Memorial Chapel, the first wooden church built in London since the Great Fire of 1666, a new entrance for St Anne’s church in Soho featuring sleek glass doors and stylish neon lighting and the restoration of the cupola and tower of St Peter and St Paul church in Blandford Forum in Dorset are featured in the shortlists for the 2017 Church Architecture Awards.
Great Exhibition of the North 2018 and Northern Powerhouse have launched a photography competition for people to capture the essence of Nothern culture, art, design, innovation, cityscape and landscape.
Prizes include a trip for family of four to NewcastleGateshead, a two-night stay at Jesmond Dene House and travle with Virgin Trains during the Great Exhibiton of the North plus spending money and £500 of art supplies for schools. The competition closes on 31 December 2017.
Between the mid-1950s and the early 1980s, Britain witnessed a boom in theatre building, at a range of scales from modest amateur venues to such multi-auditorium complexes as the National Theatre. The acceleration in theatre building was in response to post-war regeneration and the Housing the Arts scheme. Theatres built in this period are now reaching a critical point in their lifespan and many are in need of refurbishment and rejuvenation.