Dame Zaha Hadid, one of the world's leading architects, has died at the age of 65. She was born in Iraq, but called the UK home for 40 years. She designed some of the world's most innovative buildings, including the Guangzhou Opera House in China, and the London Aquatics Centre for the 2012 Olympic Games.
Will Gompertz reports.
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She was a wonderful architect and a visionary.Zaha, rest in peace and may you not be forgotten! She was a brilliant architect and a woman , who spent her forming and identity deciding years in a strict Muslim country. Her parents must have been exceptional.... she is an invaluable inspiration for anyone, but definitely for women!!!
Having born in Baghdad, Zaha Hadid must have walked through the same alleys where some of the greatest scientists and intellectuals of the Islamic Golden Age, such as Ibn al-Haytham, Al-Kindi, al-Khwarizmi, Thabit Ibn Qurra, the Banu Musa brothers and other notable scholars, had once graced on their way to and from the legendary House of Wisdom (Bayt al-Hikma). RIP.
I am licensed American builder who in my latest years took to be a remodeler of abandoned Connecticut properties. I do all my design work with an eye to creating efficiency in energy, layout and lighting. How much cheaper it would be to have built these places to the BOCA code originally (it didn't exist then) AND with eye to efficiency.
Beauty and efficiency are like phi, the Golden ratio, that architects have employed endlessly.
Raha Habib's structures are from the future. In time, places less wealthy than Dubai will find form and function coexist in a habitat that can be livable, practice and exquisite. Visionary work is filled experimentation. Habib's work is brilliant, cutting edge: demonstrates an attitude we need more of for all corners of this globe. Proud to be American. Proud to use the eyes and mind God gave me.
My design teacher was talking about Zaha Hadid and when I asked him when she died he said last year. Then he said that she was way too young to die. Like dude she was 65 , I understand it is not that old but it isn't way too young.
I was at a lecture she gave before building anything, shortly after she won the Hong Kong Peak competition. She spent more than an hour showing slide after slide of that project and each slide was described as..."and this is a view of..." It was mind numbing; she was like a deer caught in the headlights. Needless to say she got rather better at that sort of thing.
+rod dale There is people that can't enjoy and understand te beauty of a mathematical equation and there is people do not have the capacity to appreciate or have the taste to enjoy architectural art... but, if you can't understand that doesn't mean is wrong...
You forget that postmodernism was a counter revolution to modernism and its failings. Modernism had many shortcomings that are quantifiable, just look at Chandigarh and Brasilia. Modernism had purity but was also quite often dictatorial through its purity and often became as stringent and smothering as the historical or ornamental styles that it reacted against. Sure a lot of architecture today might be bad but I think that modernism had many flaws which once exposed were its downfall and the right answers still need to be found without regressing to historical models.
Put simplistically, most architecture before the postmodern period (approx 1980) is good. Modernist & traditional, secular & religious, European & Non-European. Architecture post 1980 (e.g. Hadid) tends to be awful.
It's not a question of studying her work more closely. There is no subtle complexity to her architecture waiting to be discovered. Like most postmodern architecture, it is superficial & relies on cheap spectacle for its effect. It's the architectural equivalent of BuzzFeed or PewDiePie.
rod dale What do you consider good architecture to be then, Baroque, neo-classical...?
Yes, is true her style was complex to get but extravagant and original which is why she is known apart for coming from an extremely rich family?
Her work is fresh.
Deconstructivism (a subset of postmodernism) is a good description of some of Hadid's architecture. Modernist (as in the modernist style) is inaccurate. It's important to categorise maladies.