Saturday, April 2, 2016

Zaha Hadid died from heart attack

Zaha Hadid, a remarkable architect, was dead on March 31st, 2016. She was in the hospital to treat bronchitis when a fatal heart attack occurred. Queen of the curve passed away at 65 years old.

The Guardian: 'Queen of the curve' Zaha Hadid dies aged 65 from heart attack

Zaha was well known for her avant-garde designs. She won several prizes for constructing a building with fascinating structures.

On the other hand, she was often bantered as "the queen of the unbuilt."  It was because her designs were often so complex that the plan her intended was often failed to realize due to the shortage of budget.

Most recently, she won the competition for designing the new National Stadium in Tokyo in 2012. It was planned to be the main stadium of Tokyo Olympic 2020. However, it was soon revealed that Zaha's idea would hardly be realized with acceptable cost and the deadline. The amount of budget for building the stadium had to be reconsidered and again. Citizens criticized the committee for expanding cost. Finally, the committee dismissed Zaha's design, and the competition was resumed. It is still unclear if the construction will be completed in the Olympic starts.

Several problems are suggested regarding the process for determining the design of the new National Stadium. It is possible Zaha was simply involved in an internal conflict of relevant contributors in Japan. If so, it is quite sorry for her. Otherwise, Zaha was born a little too early to be caught by current building techniques.

Anyway, I regret her early decease. Pray for Zaha.

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