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Architecture requires 100% dedication; if it doesn’t kill you, then you’re no good.
by Katy Purviance on 03/24/08 @ 10:42:51 pm
Categories: News, Field Trips, Architects | 303 words | 1538 views

Just the other day I made a remark here calling Zaha Hadid’s Chanel pavilion blobitecture.

I just came across another article by Chin Mui Yoon in the Star about Zaha Hadid…and the Chanel pavilion.

Upon closer review, maybe it’s not as blobby as I previously thought. I mean it’s no Disney Hall.

But it’s kind of…floppy looking. Like one of those neighboring skyscrapers dropped its beret. I like the skylights. They look like a burgeoning community of cells like you might see under a microscope in microbiology lab. I like that.

But the reason why I’m coming back to the pavilion is because of a point Yoon makes in the article.

Hadid looks exhausted. That’s normal in her profession it seems, as she once said to the press, “Architecture requires 100% dedication; if it doesn’t kill you, then you’re no good.”

No, not that one. I mean the point about a woman doing very very well in a typically men’s profession. She’s the first woman to receive the Pritzker Prize. She’s certainly not the only woman architect – we all know that – but challenge people to name just one other famous woman architect.

No really. Try it.

Women approach architecture differently than men, and that’s worth taking a look at. I’m going to come back to this topic in future posts to try and spread the word about other women architects throughout history.

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In other news, the AIA 2x8 exhibition is this Thursday at 6:30 pm at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood. You should go! I will be there representing LAIAD (& myself).

In other other news, we’re working on getting the pricing for a Field Trip to Japan. Stay tuned; I expect to release the details within the next day or two.

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