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Post Estate of Architect Zaha Hadid
Created by John Eipper on 01/18/17 3:02 AM

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Estate of Architect Zaha Hadid (Marga Jann, -UK, 01/18/17 3:02 am)

Zaha Hadid's office notoriously underpaid and exploited staff, who received very little credit, if any, for their work on the projects the firm produced.

This kind of hoarding and exploitation at the expense of young architects and architectural designers is a blow to the profession of architecture; Hadid further ostensibly cared little about service to the underprivileged (e.g. social housing).

In the end, Hadid died "prematurely" of a heart attack (at age 65), when she could have enjoyed and shared her wealth abundantly--and probably lived a lot longer.


JE comments:  I'm not well-versed on celebrity architects, but the Iraqi-born British Zaha Hadid was an icon of neo-futurism.  (Per Wikipedia, the Guardian called her the "Queen of the Curve.")  I have encountered some of Hadid's work, such as the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati.  The art museum at Michigan State U is also her design.  Baku's Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center is one of her most famous projects, which strikes the viewer as the Muslim world's equivalent of the Guggenheim in Bilbao.

WAISworld's foremost architect, Marga Jann, reminds us of the importance of "giving back"--not just for society, but for one's own well-being.

Hadid died almost a year ago, in March 2016, and left an estate of £67 million.  Might this be a good time to launch a discussion on philanthropy--and the lack thereof?

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