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Zaha Hadid

Max Protetch

There are many architects who draw deftly and beautifully, seducing us with promises of what could be, but there are few who draw as passionately or as exuberantly as Zaha Hadid. Her drawings are like gusts of wind—some quite fresh and all of them full of turbulence and possibility. Hadid uses architectural drawing not as building instructions but as an experimental forum and theoretical instrument. With this exhibition she confirms and enriches a tradition of conjecture seen in the work of Rem Koolhaus, John Hejduk, and others who have expanded the options for 20th-century architecture through their intricate and sometimes precious pursuits.

The exhibition, which included 87 drawings from the past seven years, provided an overview that revealed her work to be in constant, restless transformation. Although the drawings seem to gather momentum and to sharpen in focus over the years, they

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