Dame Zaha Hadid is to become the first sole female recipient of the Royal Gold Medal for architecture, as colleagues claimed she has missed out on becoming a national treasure because she does not play “the comfy British game of platitudinous waffle”.
Is this the bird whose buildings don’t quite work, can’t be built because of cost, don’t convert as they’re supposed to?
Agreed, I know near nothing of the world of architecture but there seem to be two stories here as far as I’ve heard. Brave courageous, above all female, architect pushing the boundaries of the discipline. And the counter story, someone whose stuff looks great on paper but doesn’t really, given the bounds of current materials and budgets, really work.
Then again, given the British arts establishment, prizes would be given for that second, wouldn’t they?
Where was that library that cooked everyone while rotting the books? Cambridge? Prize winner, wasn’t it?