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A sad day for the creative world. She inspired my personal architecture and design tremendously. I am grateful to have had the chance to study under her, however briefly, while at UCLA. A legend passes, an inspiration that shall not be seen again in my lifetime. Rest In Peace
That's awful. She had some truly incredible creative skills. I've never been in any of her buildings but I hope I can visit some eventually. I studied architecture from 96-99 before changing majors, and I think she was a relatively new force in the profession back then, when technology was really letting architects experiment with new building techniques, forms, etc.
That's very cool that you studied under her. Did you get a degree in architecture?
I went to see a retrospective of her work at The Design Museum in London several years ago. Her paintings were stunning, she was a tremendous artist.
This is particularly bitter since all the bullshit criticism surrounding her proposal for Tokyo 2020.
@mg33 - yeah, I have two degrees in architecture. I visited Vitra while in undergrad, it was her only 'real' building at the time. I was in school when we went from ink-on-mylar, basswood to photoshop and 3D. Seems like a lifetime ago.
I was first introduced when I found a book on a class trip to NY. It was all drawings, a few paintings, before even Vitra was built. I really did influence everything I did and still does, to some degree.
UCLA was a hotbed when I was there and I am grateful to have studied under some of the greats (Mayne/Morphosis, Gehry, Jones, Lynn and a few others that escape me).
It was a double edged sword. You saw the power, the talent, the raw passion that are inspiring, but you also saw the politics, the ass kissing and the drama. I chose to leave the traditional career path shortly after getting to LA because of all that (I finished my masters, but spent a lot of time learning digital, 3D, etc.).
That's very cool. I wish I could have stuck it out, but the math and physics just weren't my thing. In the end, I got a better design education studying architecture than I ever would have in a fine arts program at the time at my university.
that sucks.. her designs are amazing
Sad news. 2016 is on some kind of cull of talented people.
I have always loved her designs (from a graphic design perspective), not sure if her architecture was good or not, I only know the vitra firehouse, that I didn't really like from an architectural point of view, but it was her first built one and she proved with it, that her designs could be built.
anyhow, much respect for her, rest in peace.
I agree, the education was great. It's too bad the field of architecture is so different. It's amazing how graphics/presentations are just part of the process whereas in graphic design it is 'everything'.
It's funny what people think about the math/physics! I did have to take calculus, but you don't anymore. It was just a weed out process (in undergrad, they would successfully weed out 75% of the beginning class simply due to workload - it worked, for sure).
Architects really don't do any math (or physics), that's what engineers are for (no architect would ever take on the liability, even if they had the knowledge, which they don't, beyond simple structures).
Many many people study architecture but very few get to make buildings and even less create art. She doesn't look like she was easy to work with but she was one of the greats for sure. RIP
My wife and I saw a wonderful retrospective of her work just two years ago in Tokyo.
The paintings she did as inspiration for the actual architecture were absolutely stunning. Very inspirational...
RIP. One of the few people who really push the boundaries of traditional architecture. She was fortunate to find the clients she had
Although I did not especially love Zaha Hadid's design aesthetic...nevertheless, her impact and contribution to architecture and design is monumental.
I do not want to sound like a real asshole. But when you draw graceful dolphins leaping out of the water and get a beached whale as a building / bridge something is not right. Like Calatrava, btw.
Where are now Erich Mendelsohn, Bruno Taut, Hans Polzeig, Fritz Höger, or even Hans Scharoun. When I studied architecture the great popes were Mario Bota, Aldo Rossi, and all that shit called transvanguardia, and we were discovering Louis Khan.
Then we learned that Herzog & Meuron studied / worked with Rossi, and I think in a single Charlotte Pierrand's nail, Lilly Reich, or Eileen Gray are more architecture than in all the work of ZH.
- though Calatrava went to study Engineering after Architecture, so he could build his designs. Maybe the architecture is not great, but the architect is.uan
- ...NO. Calatrava te la clava. Calatrava stabs you, an untranslatable rhyme. Take a look.http://www.cala...Miesfan
- I feel the same about Calatrava as I do about Zaha Hadid.utopian
- ok, I'm convinced. looks like he tends to focus to much on his 'artistic' signature and not so much on the realization of his projects. sad story.uan
- I had the impression his first buildings were better constructed. at least the stuff he built here in switzerland doesn't get that level of critique.uan
- aka the Rechtswissenschaftli... Bibliothek in Zürich and railway station Stadelhofen Zürich.uan
- I think in the rechts wissenschaftliche bibliothek he did a great job, the space he created is great. but I agree that lots of things he does are more 'style'uan
- than great architecture.uan
To each their own. I love H&deM, but Rossi, no thanks. I also love Calatrava. To me, truly great architecture should invoke feelings, it should be powerful and move you. There's plenty of soso stuff out there, plenty of 'pretty good' architects, but they don't move me. A huge ton of good 'modern' architects of any period, but rarely anything 'great'.
I was never a fan of Le Corbusier. I respect his work and his impact, but the work did nothing for me. Kahn was kinda the same way. I love Gray's side table, if that counts.
I was a big fan of Schindler and loved touring his buildings. Even periods of Wright, but I like form (get it? ;-) ), but overall I like things that push boundaries, defy gravity and make you think.
- I caught. Me too. But a high percentage of that "architecture", is drawn. Only drawings.Miesfan
- Like Lissitzky, Tatlin, San't Elia... and I still think the thickness of the material,Miesfan
- tectonics and love for the constructive detail make a building can become architecture. With small A.;-))Miesfan
Saw her exhibition in London back in 2007. Her sketches and models were amazing. Very graphic, bold and forward thinking.