“Zaha Hadid Architects: Evolution” exhibition at TheGallery, Arts University Bournemouth

Evolution

Evolution
Lois and Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art Cincinatti_ Volumetric Study in resin, 1997-2003

TheGallery at Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) in collaboration with the university’s Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture and Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) present ‘Zaha Hadid Architects: Evolution’, an exhibition exploring how the studio has evolved its design processes over the past thirty years to create some of the world’s most distinctive and creative buildings.

Evolution
Lois and Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art Cincinatti_Relief model, 1997-2003

Showcasing the complete design archive of an early ZHA building – the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, USA – alongside current projects using digital design processes such as virtual reality and parametric design, the exhibition outlines ZHA’s remarkable journey from analogue to digital methods.

Evolution
Installation for Venice Biennale 2012_Folded Paper Model

Each of the practice’s innovative projects builds on over thirty years of exploration and research in the interrelated fields of urbanism, architecture and design. The exhibition details the clear progression of ZHA’s work: from Zaha Hadid’s early deconstructivist beginnings to the fluidity of current designs that are presented in 3D printed form.

Evolution
Installation for Venice Biennale 2012_Folded Paper Model

Through handmade models, sketches, drawings, computer renders, animations, paintings, 3D printed models, prototypes and videos, the exhibition offers an insight into the different media that have played a key role in developing and designing projects throughout ZHA’s history.

Evolution
Concept Design for a Bridge_Collaboration with Autodesk_3D Printed Model 2010

AUB Modelmaking degree students’ coursework has also been specifically tailored to develop models for this exhibition. Exploring presentation techniques in different media, students have created models displayed in the lower gallery that demonstrate how decisions about materiality, scale, composition, and proportion affect perception of architectural works. Source by Zaha Hadid Architects.

  • Location: TheGallery, Arts University Bournemouth, UK
  • Curated: Dr. Christian McLening and Woody Yao
  • Date: 15 February – 19 April 2018
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

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