I haven’t read a better or more direct and telling criticism of any building as Entschwindet und Vergehts’ review of Zaha Hadid’s Glasgow Museum of Transport for an awfully long time. It’s the sort of criticism which reminds me why we need Architecture bloggers who don’t have to scrape the floor to get copy. It also brings to mind Johnathan Meadess’ on the Bandwagon a film worth watching in this context.
Jugendsali has an exhibition running till currently showing off the talents of four architectural photographers. Jens Lindhe from Denmark, Jiri Havran from Norway, Ã…ke E:son Lindman from Sweden and Jussi Tiainen from Finland. I particularly liked how Jens Lindhe subtly broke the mould of most architectural photography, it was more informal and the pictures were printed three on a sheet with different views of the same building, including people and with depth of focus that most architectural photography eschews. Pity his website doesn’t have more examples of this refreshing approach to architectural photography.
Zaha Hadid is a bit of an enigma, undoubtedly someone with a unique architectural vision which alone is very unusual, she is a women in the starchitectural world of men, and she can seem touched by flackiness and genius by turn. I remember seeing her at Architecture Winterschool in Edinburgh in 1990 (she hadn’t built anything yet) and we were all fired up by her lecture, really inspired. Anyway some links (via archinect) of her interviewed on television. Also link from greg.org for a different perspective of one of her latest works. Also see previous post
bbc interview hardtalk
cbs interview here
Zaha Hadid has been in the press this week in a very interesting article both about her and her office. She is up for the 2005 Stirling Prize, and the bets are already going on. Have your say who will win at archiseek. Early betting here and for some further gossip on Hadid (inded any other starchitect too!) go to the gutter.