Hadid, Complete Works 1979-2009: Complete Works, 1979-2009 Hardcover – 31 Jul 2009
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About the Author
The author: Philip Jodidio(born 1954) studied art history and economics at Harvard, and editedConnaissance des Artsfor over 20 years. His books include TASCHEN sArchitecture 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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The vellum prints are helpful to understand her layer technique, but also a little bit gimmicky--and not that helpful if you happened to need to read each drawing individually in detail. Had it been printed on white paper I could have done the same (comparing layers) by scanning them and put them together on computer.
And some of her paintings can never be printed too big--if the original is like 9' tall, then you need a big book to reproduce it. As far as I can remember this is the biggest book ever published for her stuff.
Not that it will ever happen--wish it had included some writings to locate her stuff among architectures in the past decade.
This is actually an asset for the book. I think too often we obsess over postage sized renderings of unbuilt work. Well, here (some) of the work is built, and the images are so large that there is no way to hide the imperfections. Case in point - Hadid's "Landscape formation 1" - the curves aren't entirely smooth. Actually they are rather kinked by the formwork used to pour the concrete. The edges are marred by use, broken away because a chamfered edge wasn't specified. Concrete and glass come together rather abruptly, with no frame, no insulation, no standard practice of architecture considered. The actual book, however, is well constructed, researched, and would no doubt be the slickest addition to your coffee table possible. It's a book you look at (not in but really AT) when you walk by. It has a presence in the room. Opening it means clearing your schedule for a while.