Architecture: Busting the Box

Zaha Hadid, the queen bee of unbuilt designs, at last has a building worth buzzing about

Zaha Hadid, once the world's most talked-about architect who hadn't built much, can tell you exactly why she is now a talked-about architect who is building on three continents. "In the past few years," she says, "fantastic visions have become more familiar."

What she means is that the world threw its hat in the air for Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, it said yes to Daniel Libeskind's angular plans for the World Trade Center site, so it is good and ready for her. To be precise, Gehry's museum, the war whoop of new architecture, readied us all for...

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