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10.12.12 - 12.02.12 | SCI-Arc Gallery
Zaha Hadid Architects: Pleated Shell Structures

Discussion & Opening Reception
Friday, October 12, 7-9pm
W.M. Keck Lecture Hall
Architect Patrik Schumacher and Director Eric Owen Moss discuss the exhibition
Opening reception follows in the SCI-Arc Gallery

Pleated Shell Structures│Zaha Hadid Architects│SCI-Arc Gallery

This short term research-prototype posits itself within the argument for parametric design research to focus its efforts on design methods that encompass an operative pathway from design intent to its manifestation. Physical form-finding –hanging chains and cloth, soap films, etc.—and associated architectural design methods as pioneered by Antonio Gaudi, Heinz Isler, Frei Otto, Felix Candela and others is common knowledge among architects.

The proposed research-prototype for the installation in the SCI-Arc Gallery aims to extend this work to adequately represent the ambitions and complexities of scale, digital design systems and delivery mechanisms of contemporary architectural practises. The installation will explore as a design-build exercise, synergies between architectural articulation, engineering logics and fabrication constraints. It will continue Zaha Hadid Architects’ on-going research on architectural articulation of self-supporting, curved surface geometries.

About Zaha Hadid
Zaha Hadid, founder of Zaha Hadid Architects, was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004 and is internationally known for both her theoretical and academic work. Each of her dynamic and innovative projects builds on over 30 years of revolutionary exploration and research in the interrelated fields of urbanism, architecture and design. Hadid’s interest lies in the rigorous interface between architecture, landscape and geology as her practice integrates natural topography and human-made systems, leading to experimentation with cutting-edge technologies. Hadid studied architecture at the Architectural Association from 1972 and was awarded the Diploma Prize in 1977. She has played a pivotal role in a great many Zaha Hadid Architects projects over the past 30 years. The MAXXI: National Museum of 21st Century Arts in Rome, Italy; the BMW Central Building in Leipzig, Germany; and the Phaeno Science Center in Wolfsburg, Germany are excellent demonstrations of Hadid’s quest for complex, fluid space. Previous seminal buildings such as the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati, have also been hailed as architecture that transforms our vision of the future with new spatial concepts and bold, visionary forms.