What #Zaha did.
Today I found a #closed #door. The welcoming receptionist that would give me a tour of the place a year ago was not here. Passers-by were pointing at your name on the #window, on their way to work. And although it seemed impossible yesterday, this closed door was a physical sign that meant something was over. I left you some #flowers. The least I could do.
Some will give a better recollection of your carreer. The @vitrafurniture fire station is the very first work you did that I visited and although most of the time your designs gave me mixed feelings I will only say that I have the utmost respect for the self made Iraqi #woman you were who became the very first and only to date female #Architect to be awarded the Pritzker prize. That is something that should be a source of inspiration for us all, especially today. A baby Rem who like others became a Name.
I was not a huge supporter of your work, but I always liked the controversy. I liked debating it. You were like a high school crush, a far souvenir from my first architectural years when we learn to remember those names that will inspire us. How many hours spent analyzing the @museomaxxi or learning about the Innsbruck ski jump? A starchitect as some say. A term that I hate as it turns your (and others) hard #work and deserved recognition into glitter and fame.
Yesterday you left us but your #legacy will live on because your name, and your architectural habits, outdid yourself. And if “#Architecture is the learned game, correct and magnificent, of forms assembled in the light”, then you were a true master of it. I will miss the debate. I will miss the controversy. Thank you and #goodbye.