Zaha Hadid: Architektur

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Hatje Cantz, 2003 - Architecture - 192 pages
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As Zaha Hadid has put it, "There are 360 degrees, so why stick to one?" Why indeed? Hadid's architectural conceptions confound one with impossibilities, with floating buildings, indecipherable volumes, untraceable paths of light, spaces seemingly less related to real, livable space than something from a virtual dimension. Hers is a visionary architecture built in fantastic, streamlined paintings, innovative, whimsical 3-D models, and monumentally complex conceptual plans and renderings--and sometimes concrete, metal, and glass. Zaha Hadid: Architecture, published on the occasion of the exhibition of the same name at the MAK, Vienna, documents the architect's newest projects and presents an extensive overview of her complete oeuvre. Included are illustrations of designs, models, and mostly unpublished paintings by Hadid, as well as photographs of buildings realized and under construction, thus granting profound insight into all stages of project development from the abstract concept to its technical implementation. Highlighted projects include the Temporary Guggenheim Tokyo, the Bibliotheque Nationale in Montreal, the Salerno train terminal, the Wolfsburg Science Center, and the installation "Ice-Storm," created especially for the MAK exhibition. Texts by architecture critic Andreas Ruby and Hadid partner Patrik Schuhmacher round out this otherwise sharp book.

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About the author (2003)

Zaha Hadid, born in Baghdad, Iraq, in 1950, began her study of architecture in 1972 at the Architectural Association (AA) in London, and was awarded the Diploma Prize in 1977. She then joined the Office of Metropolitan Architectur, began teaching at the AA with Rem Koolhaus and Eliza Senghelis, and later led her own studio at the school. Her winning entry for The Peak Club, Hong Kong, in 1983 was followed by first-place awards in Berlin, Dusseldorf, Cardiff, London, Cincinnati, Rome, Salerno, Innsbruck, and Wolfsburg. Completed projects include the Fire Station and LF one in Weil am Rhein, Germany, and the Mind Zone at the Millenium Dome in London. Her most recent installations are Addressing the Century at the Hayward Gallery in London and stage sets for the Pet Shop Boys World Tour and the Charleroi Dance Company in Belgium. Hadid's office is currently working on a variety of projects: a contemporary art center in Rome, a ski jump in Innsbruck, a major bridge structure in Abu Dhabi, and a car park for the Strasbourg Tramway.

Schumacher is director and project partner at Zaha Hadid Architects and co-director of the master degree programme "Design Research Laboratory" at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. He studied philosophy and architecture in Bonn, Stuttgart and London. He completed his Dr. Phil. at the Institute for Cultural Science at Klagenfurt University. Schumacher currently leads the design work on the new Italian Centre for Contemporary Art in Rome.

Andreas Ruby studied History of Art at University of Cologne/Germany before undertaking post-graduate studies on the Theory and History of Architecture at the Ecole Speciale d'Architecture Paris with Paul Virilio and at Columbia University New York with Bernard Tschumi. Prior to their collaboration at textbild, Andreas Ruby made his name as an architectural critic and theorist publishing regularly in international architectural magazines such as Assemblage (USA), A+U (Japan), Archis (Netherlands), DAIDALOS (Germany/USA), Bauwelt (Germany), Architektur Aktuell (Austria), Werk, Bauen + Wohnen (Switzerland) and many others. He also contributes regularly to major general public daily newspapers such as DIE ZEIT.

Ilka Ruby studied Architecture at RWTH Aachen/Germany. After practicing as an architect for some years, she now works as an editor, writer and graphic designer. In 2001, Andreas and Ilka Ruby set up their joint agency as a production facility for both publishing architectural books, magazines, essays, curating exhibitions and consulting architects.

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