The Guardian got up close and personal with Zaha Hadid in a recent, no-holds-barred interview where the Pritzker prize-winning architect gave her two cents on Londonâ€™s â€œconservativeâ€ architecture climate and railed against rectangular buildings, revealing a nugget of wisdom that perhaps has eluded most designers: â€œThe world is not a rectangle.â€Â Beyond her dislike for conventional corner-orientedÂ design, she also told the reporter that, at her firm, â€œwe donâ€™t make nice little buildings.â€
While quadrilaterals and â€œniceâ€ architecture are out of the question, apparently designing in Syria isnâ€™t. That is, unless it is an un-luxurious prison. â€œWell,Â I wouldnâ€™t mind building in Syria,â€ Hadid told the paper. â€œIâ€™m an Arab and if it helps people, if itâ€™s an opera house or a parliament building, something for the masses, I would do it. But if someone asks me to build a prison, I wouldnâ€™t do it. I wouldnâ€™t build a prison, irrespective of where it is, even if it was very luxurious.â€ WhatÂ population living in a war-ravaged country doesnâ€™t need a first-rate opera house?