Zaha Hadid Imagines the Architecture of 2012

by Anna Fogel

Source: Mo Kader

In looking forward to the coming year in architecture, Polis chose the top 10 architectural projects of 2011. Zaha Hadid’s Guangzhou Opera House (above) was selected for its contribution to the cultural and economic development of the region, as well as its striking design. Hadid has emerged in recent years as one of the world's leading architects and a truly global practitioner, working on projects from China to Spain to Singapore.

In 2007, The New Yorker hosted 2012: Stories from the Near Future, a conference in which a number of luminaries offered predictions for their fields. Hadid discussed the future of housing and public space, the meaning of global architecture and upcoming projects with Paul Goldberger, the magazine's architecture critic; the video is online here.

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  1. mr lebbeus woods wrote an article about the Guangzhou Opera House last March ( and i couldn't agree more with him.. so i have to admit that i'm a bit scared of what Zaha imagines for 2012...

  2. Thanks so much for sharing that link and some of those critiques of Zaha's work. It's a compelling critique of Zaha and of many architects, their separation from the world we live in and their denial of responsibility of their work to directly improve and contribute to improving our communities, instead focusing on the high art of their structures. I have spent a lot of time researching and working on low-cost housing designs so try to be conscious of this disconnect between community development, or even responsibility to a community, and architecture. Thanks again for making sure we hold architecture and its practitioners accountable and I'll keep that in mind as I think more about Zaha.

  3. its a great building. haters will always hate.