Remembering Zaha Hadid
The world–not just the architectural world–has lost an enormous creative, Zaha Hadid. She battled men for the skyline and transformed cities around the world. She is perhaps the most important architect of our time, and is often referred to as such, with the added fact that she happens to be a woman.
Born in Iraq and moved to Britain to study architecture and later establish her firm, Hadid was the first woman to win the Pritzker Prize, and has continuously pushed technology to follow the stunning, otherworldly creations that are innovative beyond our time and planet. Working in concrete planes and shards of fragmented geometry, her neo-futuristic style nonetheless retains feminine flowing lines and forms that recall the desert dunes of the Middle East. From the London Aquatic Centre to the Olympic Stadium and Dubai Opera House, Hadid will live on, in more than just her landmarks, but in the legacy she paved for women–and men–that will continue to progress and transform our skylines.
Let us take a moment to remember Zaha Hadid in her own words...
"I am sure that as a woman I can do a very good skyscraper." Zaha Hadid
"I don't think that architecture is only about shelter, is only about a very simple enclosure. It should be able to excite you, to calm you, to make you think." Zaha Hadid
"We now see more established female architects all the time, That doesn't mean it's easy. Sometimes the challenges are immense. There has been tremendous change over recent years and we will continue this progress." Zaha Hadid
"I used to not like being called a 'woman architect': I'm an architect, not just a woman architect. Guys used to tap me on the head and say, 'You are okay for a girl.' But I see the incredible amount of need from other women for reassurance that it could be done, so I don't mind that at all." Zaha Hadid
"Education, housing and hospitals are the most important things for society." Zaha Hadid
"Of course I believe imaginative architecture can make a difference to people's lives, but I wish it was possible to divert some of the effort we put into ambitious museums and galleries into the basic architectural building blocks of society." Zaha Hadid
"It's very important that historic cities are allowed to reinvent their future." Zaha Hadid
"If you think about making a city that is much more porous, many accessible spaces, that is a political position, because you don't fortify, you open it up so that many people can use it." Zaha Hadid
"Women are always told, 'You're not going to make it, its too difficult, you can't do that, don't enter this competition, you'll never win it,' - they need confidence in themselves and people around them to help them to get on." Zaha Hadid
"Good education is so important. We do need to look at the way people are taught. It not just about qualifications to get a job. It's about being educated." Zaha Hadid
"You don't always have to show art in what's called a white box; you can have a kind of complexity within an exhibit which actually respects the art as well." Zaha Hadid
"As a woman, I'm expected to want everything to be nice and to be nice myself. A very English thing. I don't design nice buildings - I don't like them. I like architecture to have some raw, vital, earthy quality." Zaha Hadid
"People say I design architectural icons. If I design a building and it becomes an icon, that's ok." Zaha Hadid
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