Around the Design World in 180 Words: Zaha Hadid Edition

  • First stop: Morocco! Zaha Hadid has been tapped to design the Rabat Grand Theatre in the country’s capital. The $160 million project will include two theatres, creative studios, and an outdoor amphitheatre that can accommodate up to 7,000 people.
  • Onward, to Rome, where Hadid’s MAXXI: National Museum of 21st Century Art was voted World Building of the Year at the 2010 World Architecture Festival in Barcelona. The museum, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, also earned this year’s RIBA Stirling Prize. The judges likened the building to “an unwound Guggenheim, with ribbons of connective space.”
  • Meanwhile, Hadid herself has been racking up honors. The UK edition of Harper’s Bazaar honored her as “Visionary of the Year” at their recent Women of the Year awards. She also received the Financial Times’ Women at the Top‘s first-ever award for excellence outside the corporate arena.
  • In London? On Tuesday, December 7, author, architect, and longtime Hadid collaborator Patrik Schumacher will lecture and launch his new book, The Autopoiesis of Architecture. The shape-shifting fun kicks off at 6 p.m. at the Architectural Association School of Architecture.