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Hadid named UNESCO Artist for Peace

Zaha Hadid will be awarded the prestigious role of UNESCO Artist for Peace at a ceremony in Paris tomorrow (24 June)

The Baghdad-born British starchitect is receiving the honour in recognition of her work to raise awareness of intercultural dialogue and to promote excellence in design. 

Former holders of the prestigious accolade include: the author Frankétienne of Haiti, musician Manu Dibango of Cameroon and fashion designer Bibi Russell of Bangladesh.

Meanwhile work is proceeding on Hadid’s Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre (pictured) at Azerbaijan’s capital city, Baku.

The steel frame is already in place on the 21,000m² conference hall building which will include a museum and library.

The scheme courted controversy in 2008 when it was revealed its namesake, Aliyev, was a former KGB chief accused of human rights abuses.

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