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The Heckler: architecture would be better off without Zaha Hadid

She’s added much to the formal language of global architecture, but not to its good sense

8 August 2015

9:00 AM

8 August 2015

9:00 AM

Zaha Hadid is the most famous woman architect in the world. Would women or, indeed, architecture, be better off without her pushily hard-won, global celebrity?

She established her studio in London in 1980. For nearly 14 years Hadid, absurdly, became famous for not having built anything. Her reputation was boosted by a clique of fawning admirers who saw in her uncompromising angles and, later, zoomorphic blobs a fearless repudiation of stuffy tradition.

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