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Through June 13, 2022 | online

Zaha Hadid Architect skyscraper design looking up, with lights in orange and purple, two towers
‘Tower C’ at Shenzhen Bay Hadid's innovative spirit continues in the firm's work around the globe. Shown: Super Headquarters Base, Shenzhen, 2020 – 2027

Zaha Hadid, "queen of the curve" is the first female awarded the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize and one of the most remarkable architects of all time. Her pioneering and investigative spirit on which Hadid based her career continues in Zaha Hadid Architects’ ground-breaking work around the world.

‘Vertical Urbanism’, curated by Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) for the Hong Kong Design Institute, showcases an exploration on the theme of urbanism with a range of design strategies taken by ZHA to create vibrant and sustainable community orientated spaces within dense urban conditions, opening up a dialogue around urbanism in the 21st century.

The exhibition begins with an overview of the ongoing research and development within the studio, often incorporating collaborations with renowned scientific institutions developing innovations in robotics, artificial intelligence, and digital fabrication which in turn informs the studio’s design process. A selection of key projects by ZHA is then presented via a large-scale projection. The presentation reveals series of architectural models, highlighting the studio’s range of work across culture, sport, transport, campus and headquarters, and masterplan projects.

The exhibition culminates with an in-depth presentation of tall buildings designed by ZHA over the past 15 years. Design strategies related to the urban context are highlighted as ways in which to facilitate a more sustainable and vibrant urbanism for the vertical city: density, ground interface, atria and bridges, façade, and sustainability.

Discover how this legendary architect injected a new level of dynamism into architecture.

Images: Zaha Hadid Architects


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