News: Uber launches self-driving cars

This week, self-driving cars from Uber and Google both hit headlines

This week on Dezeen, Google announced that its self-driving car project will continue life as a new company, while Uber's fleet of autonomous vehicles got in hot water just hours after taking to the streets.

Uber's self-driving cars were ordered off the streets of San Francisco until the company acquires a necessary permit, after footage emerged of two of the vehicles running red lights.

The news came just hours after the taxi-hailing company had released the fleet for the first time.

Google spins off self-driving car project into separate company Waymo

Meanwhile, reports emerged that Google was shelving plans for its own self-driving vehicles – but the company later confirmed that the project will continue life as a separate entity called Waymo.

Kengo Kuma beats Toyo Ito to win Japan National Stadium competition
Construction work starts on Kengo Kuma's Tokyo 2020 Olympics stadium

In architecture news, construction work began on Kengo Kuma's National Stadium for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics – the design that was controversially selected to replace Zaha Hadid's competition-winning scheme.

Supertall Shenzhen tower by Morphosis reaches full height

In China, a 350-metre-high skyscraper described by architecture firm Morphosis as the "tallest steel building in China" rose to full height in Shenzhen, hile a series of mirrored and transparent bridges were proposed for Zhangjiajie forest.

670 Mesquit by BIG
BIG unveils huge 670 Mesquit complex for LA Arts District

Meanwhile in the USA, Bjarke Ingels' firm released plans for a mixed-use scheme in Los Angeles, which will incorporate housing, offices and public spaces within a giant concrete framework.

Arte by Antonio Citterio
Antonio Citterio unveils design for glass Arte tower on Florida beach

Italian architect Antonio Citterio was tapped to conceive a luxury residential building in Miami Beach, which is currently experiencing a high-end construction boom despite fears of rising sea levels.

AA director Brett Steele to become dean of UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture

Brett Steele, director of the Architectural Association in London, was appointed as the new head of the arts school at the University of California.

Richard Murphy's "box of tricks" home named UK house of the year 2016

In the UK, the Edinburgh home of architect Richard Murphy was named House of the Year 2016 by the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Tom Dixon Ikea collaboration
Tom Dixon reveals details of "top-secret" IKEA collaboration

British designer Tom Dixon teased a few details of his "top-secret" collaboration with IKEA, which will involve working with students and companies to develop a product with an "ecosystem" of add-ons.

Nordic countries rebrand BIG
BIG to rebrand Nordic region

Also this week, BIG was appointed to help build a new brand identity for the five countries that make up the Nordic region.

Antarctic research centre to be towed inland to escape dangerous ice crack

Following fears the world's first mobile research centre on the floating Brunt Ice Shelf in Antarctica could get trapped on an iceberg, it will move to a new location for the first time.

Domus Aurea by GLR Arquitectos and Alberto Campo Baeza
Minimalist house by Alberto Campo Baeza and GLR is bathed in "golden light" inside

Popular projects this week included a minimalist house by Alberto Campo Baeza and GLR, a north London house extension and a restoration of an old granite farmhouse in the Scottish Highlands.