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All Quotes by author - Zaha Hadid
" All the privileged can travel, see different worlds; not everyone can. I think it is important for people to have an interesting locale nearby. "
" Architecture is how the person places herself in the space. Fashion is about how you place the object on the person. "
" Architecture is particularly difficult for women; there's no reason for it to be. I don't want to blame men or society, but I think it was for a long time, the clients were men, the building industry is all male. "
" Architecture is unnecessarily difficult. It's very tough. "
" As a woman, I'm expected to want everything to be nice and to be nice myself. A very English thing. I don't design nice buildings - I don't like them. I like architecture to have some raw, vital, earthy quality. "
" As a woman, you're not accessible to every world. "
" Being Iraqi taught me to be very cautious. "
" Contrary to popular view, I've never been patronized in the Middle East. Men maybe treat women differently, but they do not treat them with disrespect. They don't hate women. It's a very different kind of mentality. "
" Education, housing and hospitals are the most important things for society. "
" For many years, I hated nature. As a student, I refused to put a plant anywhere - a living plant, that is. Dead plants were OK. "
" Good education is so important. We do need to look at the way people are taught. It not just about qualifications to get a job. It's about being educated. "
" Half of architecture students are women, and you see respected, established female architects all the time. "
" I always thought I was powerful, since I was a kid. "
" I am equally proud of all of my architectural projects. It's always rewarding to see an ambitious design become reality. "
" I am quite sensitive to politics, because you know, as an Arab, an Iraqi, all your life, you are very conscious of it. "
" I am sure that as a woman I can do a very good skyscraper. "
" I can't focus when there's too many things around. Whenever I used to go to the office, I used to always say, 'Tidy up.' "
" I don't particularly like showing furniture on pedestals, but for whatever reasons you always have to in museums. "
" I don't think I am that tough, actually. Well, tough in the sense that I don't take any rubbish, and that doesn't make me very popular, frankly. I mean, because some people say something to me, and I just tell them off. I mean, why should I put up with it? "
" I don't think people should do things because you know, 'I am turning this age, I must go have a husband.' If you find somebody and it works out then have kids, it's very nice. But if you don't, you don't. "
" I don't think that architecture is only about shelter, is only about a very simple enclosure. It should be able to excite you, to calm you, to make you think. "
" I don't think that everybody in the planet should have a child. I've never had the desire I should have a kid. "
" I find industrial cities exciting. I like their toughness. "
" If I wanted to do clothes or if I wanted to make a building or design a choreography, you are able to do that - they are all under a similar kind of design umbrella. "
" If you think about making a city that is much more porous, many accessible spaces, that is a political position, because you don't fortify, you open it up so that many people can use it. "
" I have always appreciated designers who dare to reinterpret fabrics and proportions, so I follow the Japanese and Belgian designers. The pieces are so animated. When they lie still, they are one thing, but once you stand them up or wear them, they become something else. "
" I have always appreciated those who dare to experiment with materials and proportions. "
" I have been interested in fashion since I was a kid. Then I lived in London, where it was more about costume and a personal statement of who you are than about fashion. "
" I like music. Country, hip-hop, R&B, sometimes classical. "
" I loved London. In the 1970s... it was very exciting, really wild. "
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