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I've paid fairly close attention to the work of Zaha Hadid over the years and I've come to a simple, but necessary conclusion: Architecture takes time. I know that must seem obvious, but I think aspiring architects sometimes struggle with this concept. If you look at Hadid's work, the formal elements are very simple, and the Chengdu Contemporary Art Centre is no exception. However, when you look at the project in greater detail, there is vast amounts of complexity embedded in that formal simplicity. This complexity stems from working the subject, something the rising (ADD) generation is less inclined toward. If you are a connoisseur of art or photography, you know exactly what I'm talking about. We live in a society that tends to undervalue design because it seems easy, when in reality there are countless hours embedded in the work. I hope we don't fall into that same mental trap, but rather train yourself to see more than the apparent or obvious in architecture.









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Comment by Geri Cruickshank Eaker on November 22, 2010 at 8:23am
"We live in a society that tends to undervalue design because it seems easy, when in reality there are countless hours embedded in the work".....I am glad you made this statement as this is unfortunately very true, and even more poignant when times are tough as I am sure we are all finding out.....it's a perception that will be very hard to turn around......suggestions welcome!
Comment by Tyson on November 21, 2010 at 8:23pm
I agree Ronald, thanks for the comment.
Comment by Ronald L Reid on November 21, 2010 at 8:06pm
A beautifully project...inside and out!
Comment by Ronald L Reid on November 21, 2010 at 8:05pm
A beautifully project...inside and out!

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