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Reaction to Hadid's Stirling Prize win: 'There was a collective groan'


It is extremely disappointing to see an award, the opening address of which cited a new confidence of architects to design sustainable buildings rooted in their sense of place, and the need to demonstrate the value of architecture/ architects to inspire and deliver exceptional quality within the rigorous restraints of an increasing unstable economy, end with this result. Watching this year's Stirling from both sides of the fence, from the event itself and then BBC2's televised programme last night, it is incredible to witness how easy it is to mislead the viewer through biased representation. If only all nominees were as competently presented and fully explained as the Brixton Academy! While buildings, such as the Velodrome, are naturally showy 'iconic' pieces of architecture they represent a refined balance of design, economic and sustainability issues absent from this year's winner. At £3,000 p.m2 how can the selection of zaha's over-budget, egocentric mega structure be seem as anything other than a misguided ode to BSF's unfortunate demise?

Posted date

3 October, 2011

Posted time

12:06 pm