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Zaha Hadid: The Complete Buildings and Projects [Paperback]

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19 Oct 1998
For over 20 years, Zaha Hadid, the Iraqi-born, English-educated architect, has symbolized the vanguard of contemporary architecture. Her continually new forms stun the world of design with their commitment to revolutionary forms. This text - a record of her entire career - includes sketches, plans and models that offer a complete overview of her programmatic and aesthetic concerns. Texts written by the architect and her office reveal solutions to each project.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd (19 Oct 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500280843
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500280843
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 21.6 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 735,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dreamworld and beyond... 6 Jan 2001
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This is excellent value for anyone and by any means. If you know Hadid's work - you need this to keep up-to-date. If you don't - this book stands alone on the merit of the art, let alone architecture.
By now, Hadid builds more than before; this will constitute a revised if not a new volume in due course. The opening essay and the concluding list of projects are a great bonus.
The easy-to-follow format, brilliant editing/sequencing, and top quality printing make this a joy to read, browse through and simply delve into Hadid's dreamworld...
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 8 Oct 2012
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I got that book at the excat time and I was really satisfied with its quality and colors and packing
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2.0 out of 5 stars Good Architecture? What am I looking at! 13 Mar 2000
By Jimmy A. Hendrix - Published on
There is no doubt in my mind that Zaha Hadid is a great architect. Some of the spatial ideas presented in this book are quite appealing, but that's only about 10 or 12 of the pages. What is going on in all the other projects? How do I move through these spaces? The paintings and graphics are cool, but where's the building? Where's the structure? I see how the built stuff is standing, but what about the unbuilt? This is more a criticism of the book than Hadid, since I can't really tell what she's doing in the first place. A lot of this presentation reminds me of when I was in school and people would present a lot of flash and zippy graphics of very rich process, but their building would fall apart with the first step inside the front door (if you could find it in the first place.) I originally got this book to study how to make this dynamic type of architecture work in the real world, but it doesn't take me much further than I was already. If you are very interested in this sort of architecture, don't stop with this book. Check out Frank Gehry: Complete works and anything else with CONSTRUCTION drawings in it, along with the process and the prettys. What makes good designers great is how they make the idea real and workable. I wish I could have seen more of Hadid's solutions better in this book.
If you want to just deal with graphics and ideas, Hollywood might have a place for you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars excellent overview with great imagery 4 May 1999
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This book allows for either a new comer or seasoned architect to truly begin to understand the intentions of a great architect. The book remarkably shows an in depth look into the process, motivation and presentational work of one of architectures few succesful female architects. The quality of images is very good and thorough. The one area where this book doesn't completely fulfill is built work. The drawings and gestural models are elegant and spatial but can't fully encompass the feeling of the true structure. A more indepth look at actual built spaces would make this book unable to pass up. Despite this flaw, this book is definately one every post-modern architecture fan should add to his/her library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars zaha: imagination and magic 24 July 2001
By patoguerrero - Published on
I think this book has more to it than technical drawings could ever give. It's an artistic sight of what and how architecture should be thought and viewed like. Colours, shapes and forms seem to spring out the pages of this book. Go out there and see it four yourself, it's not a book about construction, it's a book about ideas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Radical architecture and aesthetics 15 Jun 2001
By Jason Armstrong - Published on
While the other reviewers have made valid arguments (vis a vis the infeasibility of Ms. Hadid's works and the lack of conventional diagrams), if one comes to this book from a context other than pragmatic architecture, then this book is a joy.
For myself, I approached this book through an appreciation of Sadar Vuga, the Designer's Republic, and Mike Young (of designgraphik fame). From this context, 'Buildings and Projects' is a wonderful collection of works from a visionary and graphically talented designer-artist.
4.0 out of 5 stars it is a very good conceptual idea 30 Sep 1998
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With her most recent commission, Cincinnati's Contemporary Arts Center, architect Zaha Hadid becomes the first woman ever to design an American museum. This long awaited frist monograph on one of the world's most important architects collects Hadid's entire oeuvre-more than 80 built and unbuilt projects over 20 years- in one significant volume.Throughout her training at London's Architectural Association, and her work with Rem Koolhaas at OMA, to the establisment of her own worldwide architectural practice, Zaha Hadid has been acclaimed for her vanguard architectonic language. Only a handful of her projects have been built-all to great critcal success- and each new project astonishes the world of design with its commitment to revolutionary forms and ideas. As a result, she has an enormous following of students and practitioners, visionaries and builders.The groundbreaking monograph contains Hadid's own striking drawings and paintings, as well as hundreds of sketches, plans, and models. Readers will recognize her built work-the Vitra Fire Station near Basel and the IBA Building in Berlin- and will welcome details of her competition entry for Chicago's ITT Building, and her winning design for the Cardiff Opera House. With generous commenary by the architect and her office, this is a landmark publication.
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