Zaha Hadid, Iraqi-British architect and avant-garde pioneer, with numerous international accolades to her name, left a formidable legacy of works across the globe when she passed away in March 2016. Paying tribute to Zaha’s legacy, international media shined a unique spotlight on architecture in the ensuing weeks, focusing primarily on Zaha herself—her visionary innovation and personal achievements as a female Arab in a male-dominated field.
In the next cycle, Fox & Hedgehog broadens the dialogue by examining the political role of architecture around the world. Our writers will take you from the dizzying heights of Dubai’s skyscrapers to the destitute conditions of refugee camps, describing shared quests for identity along the way. Our articles will also determine how architecture can be used in a divisive manner, such as with the Berlin Wall and Trump’s proposed U.S.-Mexico divide. Finally, we will explore how states use architecture to project power in their capitals and how extremists hijack architecture to spread violence and fear; we will examine the 9/11 attacks and the memorial museum built in its wake, as well as dioramas depicting death and disaster. By considering political issues around architecture, our writers will show how architectural works serve both as memorials of a community’s past and indicators of a nation’s future.