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Imagine… Zaha Hadid

Imagine… Zaha Hadid

Tue Jul 30, 10.35-11.50pm, BBC1

By Chris Waywell
There are few things in life more risible than architects. Their hair; their spectacles; their clothes that look like they dyed them themselves. The fact that they’re all men, but can’t spot the connection between this and people thinking they’re out of touch with reality.

Almost the most remarkable thing about Zaha Hadid is that she is none of these things. She’s arab. She’s a she. She’s still – somehow – one of the world’s most visionary architects. She’s also far and away the most interesting person in this rather dreary ‘arts programme’ arts programme, because the others are all middle-aged male architects with weird hair, specs and suits. And Alan Yentob, who fits right in.

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