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Zaha Hadid says 'no end to iconic architecture'

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Zaha Hadid has scoffed claims, made by Prince Charles at the RIBA last week, that the ‘iconic’ era was at an end

In an interview with the Times, Hadid said it was is far too ‘simplistic’ to suggest that architects would no longer be able to engage in flamboyant design, going to say that iconic schemes such as Foster’s Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank, and Richard Rogers’ Pompidou Centre and Lloyds of London were all commissioned during a recession.

‘I think its too simplistic to say there’ll be no more exuberance in architecture,’ she said. ‘It’s too simplistic to say we are all afraid, we can’t do icons, we have to restrain. What does that mean?’

Hadid’s comments come on the back of Prince Charles’ speech at RIBA on Tuesday last week (12 May), during which he claimed the ‘giant experiment with our built environment’ is no longer sustainable.

Last week, the AJ reported that Hadid’s £65 million Guangzhou Opera House, was engulfed in a fire at the construction site. The extent of the damage to the building has not yet been determined.

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Is Zaha talking sense?

  • Scoffed claims or scoffed cakes?

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  • over the Easter period i met a person who new Zaha Hadid early on in her career & I was excited about the possible introduction & meeting I might have, considering Zaha Hadid to be an amazing & inspiring woman. I have never been inside one of her buildings so I can't really make a considered comment. I did recently see a picture of an "installation" type build, I think in a church or chapel, which I would definitely have liked to have visited. I for me, my view is not "no more iconic architecture/no more iconic schemes" but "whats in (what should be/could be in) the makeup of iconic / monumental or even everyday architecture now which makes it relevant to 2009 and onwards". I would still like to meet Zaha Hadid one day, and ive read that she is part of an exhibition at the design museum and so I will go and see that too.

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  • paul ayanna

    Prince Charles is being obviously simplistic and naive. He simply cant get the essence, and spirit of architecture. What then is architecture if the iconic, the symbolic and the other attributes that separate architecture from mere shelter and raw engineering. Good he said he is ignorant & amateur!!!

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