The World Is Not a Rectangle. A New Children's Book Encapsulates Zaha Hadid's Inspiring World

The World Is Not a Rectangle. A New Children's Book Encapsulates Zaha Hadid's Inspiring World
A Portrait of Architect Zaha Hadid By Jeanette Winter. Ed. Simon & Schuster
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The World Is Not a Rectangle by Jeanette Winter
With colorful illustrations, Jeanette Winter tells the story of Zaha Hadid and how she became a radical architect.

In this children's book, "The World Is Not a Rectangle," with colorful illustrations the author and illustrator Jeanette Winter portrays the life of Zaha Hadid, in this nonfiction picture book, with a selection of her works, and her world of inspirations.

Zaha Hadid grew up in Baghdad, Iraq, and dreamed of designing her own cities. After studying architecture in London, she opened her own studio and started designing buildings. But as a Muslim woman, Hadid faced many obstacles. Determined to succeed, she worked hard for many years, and achieved her goals—and now you can see the buildings Hadid has designed all over the world.

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Jeanette Winter offers a playful glimpse into Zaha Hadid's world, inviting the young readers to approach things with Zaha's perspective, who was able to see beyond everyday objects.

Winter illustrates some of Zaha's eye-catching buildings including Qatar's Al Wakrah Stadium, Signature Towers in Dubai,  Beijing's Galaxy Soho, Guangzhou Opera House in China, and Phnom Penh, Cambodia's Sleuk Rith Institute, and, with a simple language,explains how each of those buildings were inspired by natural elements. "Zaha remembers the grasses in the marshes swaying, and sees tall buildings dancing like grass...Zaha looks at stones in a stream, and builds an opera house like the pebbles in the water... Zaha looks up at the stars and galaxies and sees swirling buildings."

Published by Simon & Schuster, "The World Is Not a Rectangle" will be released on Aug. 22.

Jeanette Winter
Illustrated by
Jeanette Winter
For Ages: 5 - 10
Pages and cover
Hardcover. Pages.- 56
List Price
$17.99 vs €15.27


Zaha Hadid, (Bagdad, 31 October 1950 – Miami, 31 March 2016) founder of Zaha Hadid Architects, was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize (considered to be the Nobel Prize of architecture) in 2004 and is internationally known for both her theoretical and academic work. Each of her dynamic and innovative projects builds on over thirty years of revolutionary exploration and research in more