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'The office is an old school classroom, and it looks as school-like as ever.The young pretty boy and girl architects sit in rows, silently fiddling with mice at their computers. I expect to see a cane hanging from the wall.'

Simon Hattenstone visits Zaha Hadid's office.

Guardian, 3.2.03i

'I don't think I am that tough, actually.

Well, tough in the sense that I don't take any rubbish, and that doesn't make me very popular Or people I don't like, I show them I don't like them.Why should I pretend?'

Zaha Hadid.Guardian, 3.2.03

'A shocker under any circumstances, but as an emblem of a great national cultural institution it is a scandal.'

Heritage Lottery Fund chair Liz Forgan on the BBC's White City building.Guardian, 3.2.03

The northern Tate Modern can now be called the northern Dome.'

The response of an 'insider' to a 'damning' Arts Council report on 'financial chaos' at the Baltic.Times, 30.1.03 'Libeskind, an architect of great gifts but a tireless self-promoter, is flogging his product like a movie studio at Oscar time, popping up on any gabfest that will have him.'

Steve Cuozzo on Libeskind's Ground Zero proposal.New York Post, 29.1.03

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