DMT Magazine – Issue 2, 2016

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Dear colleagues, With my address in this issue I want to pay tribute to one of the brightest names in modern world architecture and undisputed leader among the women in this profession Zaha Hadid, who suddenly left this world at the age of 65. I guess everyone has heard her name and know a lot of her projects, but probably a few of you know that her professional career has suffered many failures and misunderstandings that do not break her and deviate from her advanced perspectives and her futuristic style, on the contrary, encourages her to prove that this unique avant-garde design can be realized in the present.

Born in Baghdad in a progressive family, she completed her first mathematics at the American University in Beirut, and then architecture in London. It became popular in the early 1980s with its daring but unrealized ideas. The Pick Sports Club project (1983) on the hill over Hong Kong defeated an international competition, but the sponsor went bankrupt. Her design for a reversed skyscraper in the English city of Leicester (1990) does not come to fruition. In 1994, Hadid won a Contest for the Cardiff Opera, but the investor was scared of the courage of the concept and gave up. Her first bigger sight, Vitra Fire Station in Vail, Germany, in 1993, but actually gained popularity after the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Arts in Cincinnati opened in 2003, when Zaha Hadith especially on the serious 53 years.

There are dozens of emblematic buildings all over the world, interiors, cars, furniture, even shoes and picturesque canvas. Its inimitable and easily recognizable style is clearly reflected in the projects of The MAXXI (The National Museum of Art of the XXI Century) in Rome, the Serpentine Sackler Gallery and the Water Sports Center for the London Olympics in 2012, the opera house in Guangzhou and many others . One of her latest projects is Beijing’s largest airport in the world. Her works are in the permanent expositions of the New York MoMA and the German Museum of Architecture in Frankfurt am Main (DAM). There are even touch points with Bulgaria: in 2008 she participates in the competition for a new government center in Sofia, and Zaha Hadid Architects studio has a dozen Bulgarians.

In 2004, Zaha Hadith became the first and remains the only woman to be awarded the prestigious prize of Architecture and Design Pritisker, which is considered to be equivalent to the Oscar for architects. He has twice won the Stirling Award of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), which is Britain’s greatest architectural honors. In 2010 he won the Maxxi Museum Award in Rome, and in 2011 he was awarded the Evelyn Grace Academy in Brixton. Zaha Hadith is the winner of the British Empire Order in 2012. In 2014, Gaudar Aliyev’s Center in Baku wins the Year of the Design Museum, once again the first lady to win this award. She is an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Literature and a research fellow at the American Institute of Architecture. He has a variety of academic roles, including a chair of the Harvard University’s faculty of design at the University of Illinois and the School of Architecture.

Hadid also teaches at the Columbia and Yale University and the University of Applied Arts in Vienna.
Though born and raised in an Islamic state with severe dogmas against women, Zaha Hadith is a known and influential person.
Education in mathematics, intelligence, talent, courage and curiosity make her move into the realization of ‘impossible’ projects, leaving a significant contribution to the theory and practice of world architecture and design.
Bistra Shishkova

Editor-in-Chief and Publisher


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