Zaha Hadid and the future of our cities


Paolo Marcesini talked with architect Zaha Hadid on architecture, urban planning and the future development of contemporary society:

"Contemporary urban life is becoming ever more complex, with diverse, overlapping audiences who have multiple, simultaneous demands. I am not pro-conservation but with all great ancient cities, like Istanbul, Beijing, Cairo, there has to be a balance. They have torn down so much.  I don’t believe cities should be like Venice and not grow or change at all.  It is important to intervene in a contemporary way but you must do it in a very precise manner. That is what we have tried to do in our urban projects. In cities, you need places where things can shrink and expand, but I think you need to set something out to allow for an organic kind of growth to occur. I think the major challenge for contemporary urbanism and architecture is the fundamental social restructuring away from an industrial mass-society of compartmentalisation and segregation, towards an open society of flexible specialization, with much greater fluidity and dynamism in careers, corporate organizations and social relationships.  The task today is to order and articulate this complexity in ways that maintain legibility and orientation. To meet this challenge a new architectural language is emerging that is inspired by (organic and inorganic) natural systems…"

Read the full interview at MoleskineCity.