Zaha Hadid Piques Preservationist Anger in Beijing and Belgrade

On 08/08/2013 by Site Default

Patrik Schumacher, a principal designer at Zaha Hadid Architects and the chief ideologue of parametric design, should have been on point when he remarked at this year’s Belgrade Design Week: “All of our buildings respond to specific site.” Historic preservation activists and citizens in Beijing and Belgrade wish Schumacher’s words rang true.

Unfortunately, Schumacher’s paean to site-specificity rings hollow when compared to the architecture he and Hadid are erecting in Beijing and Belgrade. In both cities, the firm has recently incurred the wrath of preservationists and urban denizens alike, all of whom express outrage at the consequences of having Hadid’s uniformly monumental design imposed on the specific character of old neighborhoods…


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