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Zaha Hadid (Taschen Basic Architecture Series) [Paperback]

Philip Jodidio

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15 May 2012 Taschen Basic Architecture Series
Building the future now. The iconic work of a singular architect. Zaha Hadid is a wildly controversial architect, who for many years built almost nothing, despite her designs winning prizes and critical acclaim. Some even said her work was unbuildable. Yet over the past decade she has completed numerous structures including the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati (which the "New York Times" called "the most important new building in America since the Cold War"), the Phaeno Science Center in Wolfsburg, Germany, and the Central Building of the new BMW Assembly Plant in Leipzig. Today, Hadid is firmly established among the elite of world architecture, her audacious and futuristic designs having catapulted her to international fame. Every book in TASCHEN's "Basic Architecture Series" features: approximately 120 images, including photographs, sketches, drawings, and floor plans; introductory essays exploring the architect's life and work, touching on family and background as well as collaborations with other architects; the most important works presented in chronological order, with descriptions of client and/or architect wishes as well as construction problems and resolutions; and an appendix including a list of complete or selected works, biography, bibliography and a map indicating the locations of the architect's most famous buildings.

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Philip Jodidio studied art history and economics at Harvard, and edited Connaissance des Arts for over 20 years. His books include TASCHEN's Architecture Now! series, and monographs on Tadao Ando, Norman Foster, Richard Meier, Jean Nouvel, and Zaha Hadid. He is internationally renowned as one of the most popular writers on the subject of architecture.

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Philip Jodidio studied art history and economics at Harvard, and edited Connaissance des Arts for over 20 years. His books include TASCHEN's Architecture Now! series, and monographs on Tadao Ando, Norman Foster, Richard Meier, Jean Nouvel, and Zaha Hadid. He is internationally renowned as one of the most popular writers on the subject of architecture.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Hadid's forms 24 April 2013
By J. S. Hernandez - Published on Amazon.com
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It's OK. Each one of these Basic Architecture Series books from Taschen consists of an introductory essay about the architect in question, and a subsequent section of the theur most important projects, each one accompanied by photos, plans and text. The introductory essay in this book is excellent. It leaves clear what Zaha is about, elaborating on the philosophy behind her formal ideals, how technological history has shaped her views and the response from the architectural community about her work, as well as her personal opinions. But the projects section is vague, in the sense that you cannot get a grasp about a project if it is not explained appropriately (I do not expect an exhaustive description per work - this is "Basic Architecture"); the texts only focus on form, as if form were the unique purpose of architecture, which isn't so. I recognize that Zaha's work has had its repercussions considerably because of its form - but how does her innovation in form creates spatial program and how it is accomplished, technically speaking. The photo captions are vague and could have not been necessary to be written at all in some cases, as they are not relevant enough in providing complementary information to the text. The book leaves too many questions unanswered, for my expectations, in the respects of context, program, and technology about each work. Two to four more sentences per project page should have sufficed to explain on materiality, structure, and so on. So, I consider this to be a good purchase considering the price, but it could have been more appropriate in order to be a basic monograph on the subject of architecture proper, as it aims to be, I suppose.
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly original design 26 Nov 2013
By Thomas French - Published on Amazon.com
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This book contains wonderful photographs of Zaha Hadid's diverse and highly original designs as an architect. It is an excellent reference
5.0 out of 5 stars Basic Infomration delivered 13 July 2013
By Lali Madzgarashvili - Published on Amazon.com
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The book deliveres the basic information about Hadid's work very well; illustrations are good-will give the main idea about her style
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2.0 out of 5 stars zaha hadid 22 Dec 2012
By gail bishop - Published on Amazon.com
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i thought i'd seem some fantastic work of hers - but this did not include what i expected - -
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