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zaha hadid: a timeline of architectural work

Acclaimed architect Zaha Hadid has passed away at the age of 65. The celebrated designer had completed a range of buildings around the globe, and last year became the first female architect to receive RIBA’s royal gold medal. Born in Baghdad in 1950, Hadid studied mathematics at the american university of Beirut before enrolling at London’s architectural association in 1972. by 1979 she had established her own London-based practice, and gained a global reputation for her ground-breaking theoretical works, often inspired by Russian constructivism. below, we present a timeline of Zara’s most recognizable works — past, present, and future.


Vitra fire station, Weil am Rhein, Germany (1993) / image by Christian Richters


Bergisel ski jump, Innsbruck, Austria, (2002) / image courtesy of Bergisel BetriebsgesmbH


BMW central building, Leipzig, Germany (2005) / image by Hélène Binet


Phaeno science centre, Wolfsburg, Germany, (2005) / image by Werner Huthmacher


Hungerburg station, Innsbruck, Austria (2007) / image by Werner Huthmacher


MAXXI museum of XXI century art, Rome (2009) / image by Richard Bryant


Guangzhou opera house, Guangzhou (2010) / image by Virgile Simon Bertrand


Evelyn Grace Academy, London (2010) / image by Luke Hayes


London Aquatics Centre, London (2011) / image by Hufton Crow


Galaxy Soho, Beijing (2012) / image by Hufton Crow


Serpentine sackler gallery, London (2013) / image by Luke Hayes


Jockey club innovation tower at Hong Kong polytechnic university (2013) / image by doublespace


Heydar aliyev center, Baku (2013) / image by Hufton Crow


DDP, seoul (2014) / image by Virgile Simon Bertrand


Bee’ah’s Sharjah headquarters, UAE / image © MIR


Mariner’s cove towers, Australia / image courtesy of sunland group


Danjiang bridge, Taiwan / image © visual arch

Tributes Pour in With News of Zaha Hadid’s Passing

Zaha Hadid’s sudden passing has led to an outpouring of heartfelt tributes from some of the profession’s most prominent figures. A “brave and radical” trailblazer, and the first woman to win the Pritzker Prize, Hadid’s significant impact on the world of architecture is undeniable. She will be missed.


“We are all shocked and devastated that we lost Zaha today, a most beautiful individual, talent, leader and friend,” Patrik Schumacher, Director of Zaha Hadid Architects, wrote on Facebook.

Amanda Levete told ArchDaily: “I feel immensely privileged to have known Zaha as a very dear and loyal friend, as a confidante, and one of the most extraordinary talents of our time…. When my son was very young, Zaha showed him how to write his name in Arabic. It was the moment I realised the genesis of her remarkable architectural language. She was an extraordinary role model for women. She was fearless and a trailblazer – her work was brave and radical. Despite sometimes feeling misunderstood, she was widely celebrated and rightly so. I will miss her deeply as will the world of architecture.”

Angela Brady, former President of RIBA told The Guardian: “She was a tough architect, which is needed as a woman at the top of her profession and at the height of her career. She will be sadly missed as an iconic leader in architecture and as a role model for women in architecture.”

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London tweeted: “So sad to hear of death of Zaha Hadid, she was an inspiration and her legacy lives on in wonderful buildings in Stratford & around the world.”

Daniel Libeskind tweeted: “Devastated by the loss of a great architect & colleague today. Her spirit will live on in her work and studio. Our hearts go out.”

Jane Duncan, President of RIBA: “Dame Zaha Hadid was an inspirational woman, and the kind of architect one can only dream of being. Visionary and highly experimental, her legacy, despite her young age, is formidable… She leaves behind a body of work from buildings to furniture, footwear and cars, that delight and astound people all around the world. The world of architecture has lost a star today.”

John McAslan told AJ: “This is devastating and tragic news. Zaha Hadid was a phenomenal force in the world of architecture. An incredible character – brilliant, fearless, and irreplaceable.”

Michael Kimmelman tweeted: “Sad news. She was astonishing, a groundbreaker, including as a powerful woman who showed that great architecture is not just a man’s game.”

MVRDV: “It is with deep sadness that we heard the news about the death of Zaha Hadid, an architect who had such a profound effect in our field. She was the swoosh of architecture, a role model for generations of female architects, a unique designer whose unprecedented influences stretched right across the globe. Her style was her own, finding the blend of organic and cutting edge, and has inspired a whole new typology of design, from buildings to furniture… We’d like to thank her for her contributions, for the inspiration and for doing all that she did for the architecture world.”

Odile Decq told AJ: “The first Grande Dame de l’architecture and a great figure in many ways. She has open so many doors for women in architecture. She has become free and without any fear after having been forced to fight against sexist attitudes. Her architecture reveals her own freedom.”

Paola Antonelli, MoMA’s Senior Curator of Architecture & Design tweeted: “I am so so so shocked, I have no words.”

Paul Goldberger tweeted: “Shocked and deeply saddened to hear the news of Zaha Hadid’s death: one of the great architectural figures of our time.”

Pritzker Architecture Prize: “The Pritzker Family and the Pritzker Architecture Prize organization are deeply saddened by the passing of Dame Zaha Hadid. She was truly a pioneer in the field of architecture. The 2004 Pritzker Architecture Prize laureate, she represents the highest aspirations of the Pritzker Architecture Prize. She also served on the jury for one year. Zaha Hadid will be remembered for her talent, creativity, commitment, loyalty and friendship.”

Richard Rogers told The Guardian: “She was a great architect, a wonderful woman and wonderful person… Among architects emerging in the last few decades, no one had any more impact than she did. She fought her way through as a woman. She was the first woman to win the Pritzker prize.”

Yale School of Architecture: “Architecture today lost one of it’s greatest. Zaha Hadid has died. Zaha was the current Norman R. Foster Visiting Professor at the Yale School of Architecture where she had taught regularly since 2001. She will be greatly, greatly, missed.”

Ma Yansong told ArchDaily: “My mentor Zaha Hadid’s life was an inspiring story of fighting for independence, equality and respect, while battling for progress and change. She loved and embraced the world with sensitivity and criticality. Many understood her bold determination and unequivocal perspective. Her stunning works captured the world as an optimistic and beautiful place, and enabled architecture to captivate new audiences. As her student fifteen years ago, I was inspired and encouraged by her strengths and visions, and she will always continue to inspire both myself and everyone who experiences her work.”

Moshe Safdie: “Zaha Hadid was, as her name signifies, made of steel. She had a radical vision and a particular sensibility about the world and she fought for its realization with courage against all odds. Her untimely passing makes us wonder what was yet to come. She will be missed.”

Norman Foster: “I am devastated by the news of the loss of Zaha Hadid and cannot comprehend the enormity of her passing away. I became very close to her as a friend and colleague in parallel with my deep respect for her as an architect of immense stature and global significance… I think it was Zaha’s triumph to go beyond the beautiful graphic visions of her sculptural approach to architecture into reality that so upset some of her critics. She was an individual of great courage, conviction and tenacity. It is rare to find these qualities tied to a free creative spirit. That is why her loss is so profound and her example so inspirational. And, besides, she was my dear friend.”

Wolf D. Prix: “Zaha is the diamond of architecture. Radically bright and flowing at the same time, her architecture is a glimpse into an optimistic future. With her calligraphic designs and buildings, Zaha broke the boundaries of architecture and opened up new terrain. Form and program, content and shape were, are, and will remain her legacy. Thank you, Zaha, you were a generous friend.”

Steven Holl told ArchDaily: “Zaha was a great friend since we first met at the Architectural Association inLondon in 1976. Last week she came to New York and we celebrated 40 years of friendship. She was an amazingly original spirit in architecture and her energy will live on through her incredible buildings. We will miss her deeply.”

Peter Cook shared on A/N: “Zaha : the Great Light extinguished. From every point of view exceptional : As a direct, original, fearless personality. With a more than adequate supply of charm and humour. Used with more discretion than blandness. IMMENSE talent. Such that it either inspired, bewildered, or caused deep jealousy (that manifest itself in lesser talent to pick away at her motives, reputation or personality)…”

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Dubai Is Set To Unveil Spectacular Floating Apartments With Underwater Rooms

United Arab Emirates, and especially Dubai, produces grandiose projects known for their innovative approach and truly advanced concepts. This year, one of the most ambitious developing enterprises is going to be Floating Seahorse — luxury floating villas, partially hidden under water.

This fabulous apartment complex will consist of 42 boats/villas


Each villa offers spacious 1,700 sq ft of floor area and has three levels, with two levels being above the water



The upper level will have a shower, semi-private kitchenette, and mini-bar along with a Jacuzzi with an ostentatious glass floor


The central level will boast an expansive living space, surrounded by a fully equipped kitchen and dining area


All of the levels have floor to ceiling windows that offer breathtaking views of marine life. It’s your own private aquarium!


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Sustainable Architecture And Irregular Bricks

Sustainable architecture needs quality and comfort which is very important for the life worldwide. Constructing materials are different but there are several basic ones that stayed for centuries. Such are clay bricks.

Columbia and other warm countries have a lot of difficulties with the hot weather. That’s why the Architects Miguel Niño and Johanna Navarro formed the Sumart Diseño y Arquitectura SAS studio that has a main goal to develop Sustainable Architecture solutions.
Bloque Termodisipador BT is their famous solution which is actually a clay brick that has irregular shape and protects the house of the heat. Solar radiation is high and the transfer of the heat is avoided in huge level by using this type of bricks in construction.


Sustainable Architecture with Geometrical Bricks

There are several types of these bricks and they are all looking like geometrical figures. Actually a rectangle and some type of triangle are mixed for better effect in the home interior. Many channels are used for the shape so the heat has several tunnels to pass till it gets to the interior of the house. That’s why this cooling system is functioning that well.
Those triangles has less exposed surface on the sun so they don’t get too much heat. The irregular form is also good sound isolation so the noise is turned on minimum.


The top of the block holds the mortar so it also avoids wasted materials.  The UV rays are this way redirected from the ground. The natural finish that those bricks give to the façade also protects the owners of giving extra money for façade building. Those bricks on the way they are installed look very unique and interesting so the façade is already made with the building of the building. Those facades will be used a lot when the effects of the sustainable architecture will be shown and practically confirmed of the owners.

  • Reduce thermal discomfort in order to minimize the use of climate control devices.
  • Address the lack of new sustainable energy solutions in construction that are available to everyone.
  • Decrease the amount of installation materials, finishes and construction time.
  • Promote the clay industry through design, taking advantage of manpower, adjacent primary materials and traditional industrial systems.


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Transparent Bubble Tent Lets You Sleep Underneath The Stars


If you thought the glass igloo hotel in Finland was cool, then you’ll love this unique tent. The wizards at Holleyweb have invented an inflatable, PVC, transparent, bubble tent that lets you live outside, but with all the comforts of home. All you need is 2000 USD, the tent, and somewhere to plug in the tent’s blower, which is necessary to keep the tent inflated.
The four meter tent can house two people, depending on their size. And while this tent isn’t point-rock resistant, it is water-proof and fire retardant, for those rainy evening when you want to roast s’mores outside.

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12 Examples Of Urban Design Which Ought To Be In Every City

When designers are called upon to make a public space more comfortable, useful or rational — that is, when designers serve people — it can sometimes lead to fantastic results. We hope they’ll never run out of ideas, and will continue to make the world a more wonderful place in which to live.

1. The public bench which is also a flower bed


2. The eco-friendly Wi-Fi hotspot

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3. The reflective garden fence which changes appearance depending on the season

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4. The glow-in-the-dark bike path in this park


5. The pubic bench which you can turn over after it rains and sit on the dry underside


6. A designs for a bench, staircase ramp and rain shelter


7. The bench which is also a table


8. The fold-out chairs which look like tulips


9.  The alternatives to benches — public hammocks!


10. The bus stop with swings

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11. A free public battery chargers for smartphones


12. Two uses in one: it’s both a bench and a tree guard

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Can plastic waste be the answer to low-cost housing?

Shoppers worldwide are using approximately 500 billion single-use plastic bags per year.This translates to about a million bags every minute across the globe, or 150 bags a year for every person on earth. And the number is rising. “A plastic bag can kill numerous animals because they take so long to disintegrate. Scientists have identified 200 areas declared as ‘dead zones’ where no life organisms can now grow…” reports Ocean Crusaders.

The sustainable use of resources, the reduction and reuse of waste has become one of the most crucial topics worldwide. Waste from urban areas, domestic or trade, varies considerably from local authority to local authority depending on the socio-economic level of the community. “95% of urban waste is disposed of on landfill sites of which there are about 1200 in South Africa”, according to the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWA). While a number of industrial sectors have made significant progress in implementing recycling systems to reduce waste, sadly in South Africa “there are no effective incentives to encourage all waste producers to adopt cleaner production processes and minimise waste generation”.

Environmental art movements have for many years enhanced the way we observe and interact with nature. Some noteworthy movements include the story of stuff, humans in nature, Oliver Barnett Photography, Our Common Future and the Centre for Civil Society at UKZN headed by Professor Patrick Bond has made exceptional strides in their contribution to environmental research. With the use of recycled waste, natural or renewable resources, these art installations educate the public about environmental problems but often serve a dual purpose by raising awareness on social issues in a particular area. One such project was recently exhibited by German artist Markus Heinsdorff and showcased at one of Cape Town’s hotspots, Green Point Urban Park.

3ocean-dome “I call it ocean dome” said Heinsdorff.  Ocean dome is an art object made of 50 gabions (metal baskets) in the form of a round tower and filled with plastic located at the Biodiversity Showcase Garden Environmental Education Centre, adjacent to Green Point Park. The waste/resource, collected from the Atlantic beaches around Cape Town, consisted of 10 000 bottles, fishing nets, fishing lines and other plastic scraps.


The idea of building with waste highlights two important lessons – first, the creative and sustainable up-cycling of waste as an extremely low-cost construction material when new building forms are created. Secondly, “transforming the halo of poverty into a visitor magnet and architectural attraction (with e. g. guided tours, etc) through the creative use of waste in art project” adds Heinsdorff.


Markus Heinsdorff is an internationally recognised artist whose installations explore the relationship between Nature and space in different contexts of the world. Using design, architecture and photography, Markus documents the process of developing artistic projects with locally available materials, while exploring possibilities for up-cycling and empowering communities. In 2013, he was the recipient of a Recycling Design Award.

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After Eskom: How can South African cities power their future


Amid the Eskom“crisis” very few have much good to say about this government agency, even when the lights are not out South Africans anxiously await the announcement of the next bout of outages. But could this “crisis” be turned into an opportunity? For South African cities it could become an opportunity to seize the moment and move away from coal powered electricity generation to renewable energy – and take the lead in the energy future of the country. In order for this opportunity to be realised and taken full advantage of, cities and citizens would need to step up to the plate and engage with new ideas and roles to drive energy generation in direction of renewables.

The grim outlook on the energy crisis is portrayed in the media almost daily. South Africa’s hopes of becoming one of the world’s top renewable energy hubs are “dimming due to poor infrastructure and delays as cash-strapped state utility Eskom is distracted by a scramble to keep the lights on” says Wendell Roelf in a recent Reuters article .

This appears to be a contradiction. Should the failure of Eskom to keep the lights on not be aiding the hopes and opportunity for South Africa to become one of the world’s top renewable energy hubs? The lack of Eskom’s success provides South Africa with the ideal opportunity to grow its renewable energy sector. If Eskom was not experiencing such challenges why would anyone try to change it?

While there is no certainty on how South Africa’s cities will grow and what their exact demands will be going into the future it is important to consider the potential direction that the energy sector is heading, and should be heading, if cities are to play a larger role in securing their energy future.

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While the concept of enhancing employee engagement is not new, the strategies adopted by companies over the years have been constantly evolving. A new report released by JLL highlights momentum picking up in the latest such approach – one that uses the physical design of a workplace to express company culture and connect employees to brand values.


“Companies have spent a significant amount of time refining strategies to increase engagement through the efficiency of their workplace and effectiveness of their employees,” said Craig Hean, Managing Director, JLL South Africa. “But many are realising they may have been undervaluing the only resource with unlimited potential – their workforce. In response, we’re seeing a trend toward looking at culture and creating workplaces with a personality and expression to match.”

The benefits of an engaged workforce and the problems associated with disengagement are well-documented. Recent studies peg the cost of disengagement to the U.S. at $450-500 billion a year. Conversely, research shows organisations with engaged employees experience almost 150 percent higher earnings per share compared to their competition. Companies that have taken the next step, however, are reaping even more benefits. Those who actively developed their culture returned more than 500 percent higher revenue and 750 percent higher income.

JLL’s report, Fully Engaged, introduces the concept of “workplace expression” as being the final piece of the “3 E’s” of employee engagement. With significant gains made over the last two decades in the first two “E’s” – efficiency and effectiveness – adding the final piece of expression to the mix can create a dynamic and compelling environment that reconnects employees to their purpose, directs renewed energy and engagement while driving innovation and productivity to new levels. Workplace expression is a tool that improves the engagement and motivation of employees by harnessing and communicating the cultural and brand values of a company through the physical design of its workplace.

Effective workplace expression plugs into culture by sending a message to employees about their value to the organisation and what the company stands for. Every organisation has a unique culture that needs to be evaluated to find the best match, but basic principles to consider when creating a powerful workplace expression include:

A deliberate office design that allows cultural values to inform, direct and generate employee engagement
A combination of office design, objects and systems to show the company appreciates its people and the contribution they make
An environment that empowers employees by giving them choice in their daily work habits
An atmosphere that boosts internal buy-in and direction
Employees are typically attuned to the messages their work environment is sending. Creating a responsive environment enables employees to produce meaningful work. It also instils a sense of pride and can revitalise organisational performance.

“Would you bring your best friend to your office?” asks Hean. “The answer to that question is very telling. Culture is intangible and hard to actively measure, yet it’s easy to sense when you walk into an office. Workplace expression shifts the office from being a comfortable background to an active cultural lever used to shape employee perceptions, motivations and behaviours. Allowing it to become a location where a company’s vision and mission manifest itself can easily transform a ‘place to work’ into a ‘best place to work’.”

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Touchstone House rebuilt and preserved


Touchstone House is located on the corner of Mechau and Bree Streets in
one of Cape Town’s Historic precincts. The original building on the site was
built in 1895 as a warehouse and although this was substantially damaged in
a fire the original façade was preserved and has been incorporated into the
new building.
Aesthetically the new building respects the original building by way of a 5
metre setback. Touchstone House offers elegant yet modern architecture in
keeping with the aesthetics of the Foreshore and City Bowl.

Touchstone House is designed to be as simple and efficient as possible with regards to the form of the
building within the framework provided by the zoning scheme. The consideration of developing an
energy efficient building guided the design of the facade .

















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