Zaha Hadid: ‘I wouldn’t build a prison’

Posted on November 2, 2013

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Sheena McKenzie, CNN

She wouldn’t build a prison. But the world’s most famous female architect, Zaha Hadid, says she’s willing to work in countries which have faced criticisms over their human rights records.

The 62-year-old Iraqi-born Briton made the comments during an exclusive interview with CNN — to appear in full Friday.
Hadid, the first woman to receive the Pritzker Prize in 2004 — regarded as the Nobel of architecture — designed Beijing’s Galaxy Soho shopping center and Heydar Aliyev cultural center in Azerbaijan.

Is she concerned about the human rights credentials of the countries — Hadid is responsible for 950 projects in 44 countries — she works in?

“As an architect, if you can in any way alleviate an oppressive situation, or elevate a culture, then I think that you should,” Hadid, who has been commissioned to build Japan’s 2020 Olympic Stadium and recently opened London’s Serpentine Sackler gallery, told CNN.

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