The authoritarian episodes of the 20th century have made people wary of utopian projects, and so urban experiments are confined to theory. But the real experiment will come when we try some of these ideas for real. In our utopia, things are layered and complex, but elegant and playful...
For our special 50th issue we asked 50 of the most influential architects, designers and thinkers to tell us what they believe in.
Why can’t Britain put together a decent architecture exhibition? Even a magnificent subject like Zaha gets slapdash treatment, says Tom Dyckhoff
Zaha Hadid London – people don't understand why I stay here. I must say I do regret not moving to New York when I loved it the most, which was in the Eighties. New York was my favourite place.
"To work with machines has the danger of monotony. The new building should be a bulwark against this, but also a building that is representative of the city"
The Phaeno Science Centre may be Zaha Hadid’s most important building yet. The €79 million (£55m) project, in Wolfsburg in northern Germany, is the most complex free-standing building Hadid’s office has completed.
Zaha Hadid’s new BMW factory in Leipzig is the latest strike in the war of architectural one-upmanship that has broken out amongst German car manufacturers.
Marble dust crunches underfoot, frost is forming on your eyelashes and you can’t feel your thumbs. Ahead a structure looms like the wreck of an ice-breaker – magnificent and useless. But not abandoned. A crowd is circling and there are even people clambering up the sides. After all, this is not sculpture, this is architecture. This is Zaha Hadid’s latest… thing.
"I don't have an identity," declares Zaha Hadid. This is nonsense, of course. Hadid's identity is as complex and multi-layered as her buildings.