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Zaha Hadid was born in Iraq, studied at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London in which later she started teaching as an Instructor, in architecture. Later was she became an honorary member of the American Society of Architects. A great story of success she experience in the arena of architecture, she recieved a lot of prices until she came to a state of being referred as a modernist architecture through her references from futuristic paintings and painters in her architectural works. Her architectural drawings are counted as artworks or paintings to be more clear, by many, rather than being technical drawings.

Two competing sides of modernism in architecture can be called as the Bauhaus and the avant-garde De Stijl in Russia, which Hadid’s framework is more referring to. De Stijl, compared to the industrial-based Bauhaus, is more aiming for creating new radical forms for and of a society. Malevich, being a headliner in this arena, is one of the biggest influences on Hadid’s early drawings.

Malevich's Arkitekton,1923

Malevich is the creator of the Suprematist movement in painting. His abstraction was in a higly mode of “change”, a spiritual change we are mostly talking about. Hadid was strongly amused by this suprematism, about which she has written her thesis, as a beginning point, choosing her territory as London, where she educated herself.  “Placing it along and across the Thames in central London, she left no doubt—to the cognoscenti, at least—as to her ideological position: she was reviving a neglected, almost stillborn modernist ideal and inserting it into the contemporary world.”

Hadid- Malevich's Tektonik London Project,1977

Zaha Hadid, Office Building, Berlin, 1986
Zaha Hadid, Vitra Firestation design stidy, 1990


“The change in Zaha Hadid’s drawings—fragmentation giving way to fluid form—was already evident in her drawings analyzing the farming landscape around the Vitra factory site for the Firestation project. These impart a linear dynamic that comes together in the powerful thrust of the little building. The vision here is no longer about breaking up and scattering. Rather, it is about gathering together and directing. It is also about the making of unified, and unifying, forms. As with other questions about which she has given no explanation or insight, we are left to puzzle out the reasons for this change in her drawings and the designs they describe.”

— Lebbeus Woods


Reading about the construction of the letters and their stance within geometrical borders, I realize that that I was also very much concerned nowadays -and actually have been for a considerable time- in the geometry of the space. The space we contain, our geometrical projection on the physical visible world, and before all that our common geometry that Da Vinci knows way better than any of us, and stated before any of us.

In a more general sense, I have been reading about semiotics for the whole past week, and way before that too, ended up that letters and type are actually emphasized too little compared to the formed langue(structure of language). On the other hand, until now in our History of Visual Communication course, we have been talkin about the formation of letters. This weeks subject was the masters of type, from Bembo to Bodoni. With a little enlightment of my own, I ended up thinking that letters are actually the initial signs, again systemized to become the word and the system we are talking about here is the purified form of all the surface phenomenon created by individuals. The letters are signs and even in the formation of each individual letter, there’s a system, consolidate in its own geometry.

Here are two videos I actually wanted to share, before things get more complex…

Vanishing Point from Takuya Hosogane on Vimeo.

Disruptive by Design from Takuya Hosogane on Vimeo.