Fire at Zaha’s Guangzhou Opera House

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6 Responses to “Fire at Zaha’s Guangzhou Opera House”

  1. 1 Liza
    2009/06/09 at 9:54 am

    The link is not working

  2. 2 dj2d
    2009/06/09 at 11:35 am

    It might have been a temporary glitch. It seems to work fine now.

  3. 3 Liza
    2009/06/09 at 1:20 pm

    “Following the recent fire of the OMA-designed TVCC tower, the event represents the second construction blaze at a building site in China by an internationally known architect.”

    When my Chinese friend was in China this past summer, she noticed that there was a similar note on hundreds of houses there were close in proximity to the Olympic Stadiums “Birdsnest” and “Water Cube”. She translated the Mandarin note, and it roughly said that the residents had to leave within the next three days because their houses were going to be bulldozed down. These were homes that had been in the resident’s families for several dozen generations.

    There is a definitely a correlation between the tension from the destruction of Chinese homes for the Beijing Olympics and the flood of international capitalism and the destruction of the internationally designed architecture. The architecture is seen as a symbol of the capitalism that has displaced the hundreds of thousands of Chinese.

  4. 4 Liza
    2009/06/09 at 1:22 pm

    Professor Johnson: speaking of Zaha Hadid, do you still keep in contact with her? Has the school ever considered having her lecture at CMU?

  5. 5 dj2d
    2009/06/09 at 4:03 pm

    These days, no. I did for a few years afterwards, while living in NYC. But, at this point I’m just one of the many nameless faces from one of the many studios she’s taught over the past decade. Ask me sometime in person and I can tell you some fun stories though…

    I defer to Spike about the question of bringing her to the University for a lecture.

  6. 6 Kai Gutschow
    2009/06/10 at 12:07 am

    Several people have floated the idea of having Zaha lecture over the last decade, including for a Watson festival, and when her work was exhibited here a few years ago at the Carngeie in relation to F.L. Wright’s Price tower in Bartlesville, OK. We’ve all heard the same thing: she’s a tyrant, demands exorbitant fees, and is only willing to fly 1st class or private jet, etc… So the idea usually moves to someone else.

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