Drawn by Zaha Hadid

Authored by: Nerma Cridge

The Routledge Companion to Women in Architecture

Print publication date:  June  2021
Online publication date:  June  2021

Print ISBN: 9780367232344
eBook ISBN: 9780429278891
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This writing is focused on the series of early drawings and paintings by possibly the most famous female architect in the world, Zaha Hadid. The projects examined include Malevich’s Tektonik on Hungerford Bridge in London, The Museum of the Nineteenth Century at Charing Cross Station (1977–1978), and exhibition designs from the initial stages of Hadid’s career. The ideas stemming from Hadid’s interest in the Russian avant-garde, including the notions of weightlessness, gentle connection to the ground, and horizontal elevation, form the main argument. Most drawings and paintings from early stages of her career were never realized and exist as autonomous pieces of work.

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