Showcasing the complete design archive of an early ZHA building – the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, USA – alongside current projects using digital design processes such as virtual reality and parametric design, the exhibition outlines ZHA’s remarkable journey from analogue to digital methods.
Each of the practice’s innovative projects builds on over thirty years of exploration and research in the interrelated fields of urbanism, architecture and design. The exhibition details the clear progression of ZHA’s work: from Zaha Hadid’s early deconstructivist beginnings to the fluidity of current designs that are presented in 3D printed form.
Through handmade models, sketches, drawings, computer renders, animations, paintings, 3D printed models, prototypes and videos, the exhibition offers an insight into the different media that have played a key role in developing and designing projects throughout ZHA’s history.
AUB Modelmaking degree students’ coursework has also been specifically tailored to develop models for this exhibition. Exploring presentation techniques in different media, students have created models displayed in the lower gallery that demonstrate how decisions about materiality, scale, composition, and proportion affect perception of architectural works.
Zaha Hadid Architects: Evolution (TheGallery website)
The exhibition is accompanied by the publication ‘Zaha Hadid Architects: Evolution’. Examining the tools, media and processes used by Zaha Hadid Architects adds to the understanding of both the history of the practice and the architectural design process in general, during a time of continued and accelerating technological change.
The extended essay ‘Zaha Hadid Architects: Instruments of Vision, Partners in Design’ by Dr. Christian McLening and David Lund takes a deeper look at the ZHA’s evolution of process over the past thirty years. ‘The Miraculous Zaha Hadid: A Tribute’ by Patrik Schumacher reflects on the late Dame Zaha Hadid’s legacy.
Illustrated with over 90 images of sketches, paintings, architectural models and digital renders from the forty-year history of Zaha Hadid Architects.
‘Zaha Hadid Architects: Evolution’ (158 pages with images. ISBN 978-0-901196-78-1) published by text + work, TheGallery, AUB 2018.
Available for sale at TheGallery, or online via their website.