Remembering Zaha Hadid: Life and Legacy with Bert de Muynck

Remembering Zaha Hadid: Life and Legacy with Bert de Muynck


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Architect, artist, and designer, Zaha Hadid (1950-2016) was recognized as a major figure in architecture of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Five years after her untimely death in Miami on March 31, 2016, the British Iraqi architects' radical design projects (built or not) still speak to our imagination. This conversation will explore her life, her career, and the legacy of her works.

Zaha Hadid's groundbreaking fluid architecture, characterized by sensuous curves, radical composition, and constructive complexity, is still emblematic of the way she re-shaped architecture for the modern age. Reflecting upon her career and projects as the ""world's top female architect"", as she was described during her lifetime, this lecture provides an insight into her career and the diversity of her architectural design amongst other the National Museum of Arts (Rome), Contemporary Arts Center (Cincinnati), the London Olympics Aquatics Centre (London) or the Port Authority (Antwerp).

Led by an expert on architecture and urbanism, Bert de Muynck, this interactive seminar will delve into the ideas, concept,s and projects built by British Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of the design principles and spatial qualities of her unique works in Cincinnati, Seoul, Rome, London, Beijing, Antwerp, or Miami.

Bert is an architect and writer, and holds MAs in architectural engineering (Catholic University Leuven, Belgium) and cultural sciences (Free University Brussels). Born in Belgium, in the past decade he has lived and worked in architectural consultancy, writing, and academia in Amsterdam, Beijing, Shanghai, and now Lisbon, where he relocated in 2018. He is the co-director of "MovingCities", an independent research organisation investigating the role that architecture and urbanism play in shaping the contemporary city. Bert lived in China from 2006 to 2018, where he held academic positions at The University of Hong Kong (2011-14), China Academy of Art (2013-16), and Xian Liverpool University (2015-18). He has been a Context expert since 2013 (Shanghai and Lisbon) focusing on architectural and urban history and development. He is a prolific writer and public speaker in the field of architecture, urbanism, and culture.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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