The World is Not a Rectangle
A Portrait of Architect Zaha Hadid
Written and illustrated by Jeaneatte Winter
Published by Beach Lane Books (2017)
Copy provided by Rocky River Public Library.
All photos were downloaded from the Internet.
I don’t remember how I came across this book. I do remember that I was the first person who reserved this online. The copy was still being ordered at the time.
Aristotle once said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” The World is Not a Rectangle tells the fascinating story of visionary architect, Zaha Hadid. Zaha lived with her family in Baghdad, Iraq. Even as a young girl, Zaha dreamed of designing her own cities. She was fascinated by the way rivers flow through marshes and how the wind carries sand dunes across the cities. At home, the overlapping patterns and interwoven colors of their Persian carpet had inspired Zaha to design clothes and arrange their furniture.
When she was old enough, Zaha left Iraq and traveled to London where she studied to become an architect. Her mind was overflowing with ideas. She joined one competition after another, hoping that someone would bring her city designs to life. She won a few, but the committee would not build any of her designs because she was 1) a Muslim; and 2) a woman. Zaha, however, was fierce and determined. She worked so hard and continued making plans until her visions finally came to life. ♦ (See her architectural designs below.)
I did not know who Zaha Hadid was before I read the book, and I’m glad I got acquainted with bits and pieces of her life. It’s not everyday that people get to read picture book biographies of female architects. This book is a good read-aloud for the mighty girls in your life. ♥