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Zaha Hadid: A look back at her work - BBC News

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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. Subscribe to BBC News HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog Check out our website: http://www.bbc.com/news Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/bbcworldnews Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/bbcworld Instagram: http://instagram.com/bbcnews
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Jairous Parker (1 day ago)
Zaha Hadid was an architectural genius. The difference between a 🐁and a🐺is quite obvious, so is her work when compared with other architects of her time. May her legacy live forever...
Miran Gaming (17 days ago)
She was born in Baghdad and they say she is British, STOP USING US BRITAIN
Abdul Raheem (2 months ago)
Iraqis are civilized people, sadly we lost lots of Zaha as well.
Tomy Lim (2 months ago)
Gigi Hadid's mom
LordMgls (3 months ago)
To me, the buildings look just as impressive, great and harmonious as they look impractical and expensive.
veronika babic (3 months ago)
Sorry I never met u!! RIP while legend lives on!!!
Doc Furious (4 months ago)
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!!!
Liban Warsame (4 months ago)
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.
Jett Africa (5 months ago)
great work
Kyle Roberts (5 months ago)
Excuse my misspelling of Hadid. I use voice recognition and failed to proof-read. Comment still stands.
Kyle Roberts (5 months ago)
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.
ARTIST'IO B (5 months ago)
My favourite architect 💖💖💖💖💖💖
Mohnnad M (7 months ago)
R.I.P 😢🇮🇶🇮🇶
ruzzell907 (7 months ago)
She's from the future.
Jairous Parker (1 day ago)
ruzzell907, She didn't compromise her imagination to accommodate the status quo.
Paul Weaver (2 months ago)
Apparently sometimes the craftsmanship is so high that it's considered magic by those who far from it... when in fact - it's just a very good level of professional
Reegan (5 months ago)
We are the future
Emily Tench (9 months ago)
<3 :(
Nourhan Fouad (9 months ago)
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.
jared day (19 days ago)
Frank Gehry is 89 come onn do some studies please
barbara Corcoran (2 months ago)
Yeah not to young to die if you are from the 16th century backwards middle east, but for the rest of the world fouad 65 is way too young.
Dylan 25s (3 months ago)
65 is really young to die
HAMDAN B (5 months ago)
Because she still has many works that are still under construction all around the world! Nourhan Fouad
Awie Saputra (10 months ago)
You're inspire many peoples. You'll always be the greatest architecture in the world.
Davidson Vincent (10 months ago)
What a great architect! The world is missing her so much!
Sammy smith (1 year ago)
Making the world ugly one building at a time.
Sarina Saman (1 year ago)
Queen of curves <3
linrkirk (1 year ago)
Love to know the builders take.
Frances Laurie (1 year ago)
Rest in Peace so loved & missed by so many - wonderful architecture !!!
You are always in my mind forever a world architecture
Nick Young (1 year ago)
Her work is gorgeous!
novak manyi (1 year ago)
Micsoda fanázia!
Krunal patel (1 year ago)
I want to be like u zahadidi.....
barbara Corcoran (19 days ago)
Krunal patel sleep 4hours a day and you can also die at 65
kenneth ng (1 year ago)
salute to Our greatest vision Lady.
David J Gill (2 years ago)
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.
Chiu Yu-Hsuan (3 months ago)
David J Gill So what? Need a person be perfectly skilled in public speaking to be genius? Clearly she is one
Philip Condron (2 years ago)
A truly brilliant architect. Her building's are stunning and confusing at the same time. She will be greatly missed but has thankful blessed our world with many, many fine creations. I doff my cap.
Joseph Cullen (2 years ago)
the word 'controversial is true because no offence to her but her buildings look awful
Luke R (11 months ago)
Joseph Cullen lets see one of yours.
The Castelan (2 years ago)
Somewhere the wall of a sound studio is missing some of it's insulation.
Sentry-19lll (2 years ago)
Just knead some weird shape and call it architecture. So, what's the deal?
jared day (19 days ago)
so ignorant
Ankith Kurapati (7 months ago)
Huixtocihuatl (11 months ago)
Sentry-19lll It's art! Earth would be a sad place without art.
Heisenberg (1 year ago)
Its much more than just making "weird shapes" as an architect
Hayat Rahim (2 years ago)
rod dale your comments on behalf of Zaha are immature and stale
Ana Hg (2 years ago)
+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...
rod dale (2 years ago)
+Hayat Rahim Can you explain why? Please enlighten me.
ThatDutchguy (2 years ago)
Way to young, rest in peace Queen of the Curve and thank you for your beautiful mind.
rod dale (2 years ago)
Postmodern vacuity. Horrible bland buildings. Nothing avant garde about this style of architecture. Typical of the contemporary architecture that now blights all cities worldwide.
Lucas Worony (13 days ago)
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.
Earth Shaker (2 months ago)
Your opinions are respected but dont speak like you can design better architecture than the late Zaha Hadid.I think you ain't even an architect. Talk less and do more, sir. Cheers.
rod dale (1 year ago)
+NBA 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.
Supra Suprema (1 year ago)
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.
rod dale (1 year ago)
+Belconnen 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.

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