Fluid Totality – Studio Zaha Hadid 2000–2015
Edited by Zaha Hadid, Patrik Schumacher
Fluid Totality collects 15 years of academic design research conducted at the Zaha Hadid masterclass at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. Under the leadership of Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher the studio developed a distinct contribution to the emerging style of Parametricism. All elements of architecture become fluid, ready to engage with each other and with divers contexts leading to an overall intensifica- tion of relations. This style is architecture’s response to 21st Century network society.
The radicality and consistency with which this style is being pursued across all scales and programmes results in an impressive body of work. Academic design research can go deeper and farther than professional work in probing the consequences of a radical design hypothesis. Within academia architects can be more experimental. They can afford to be more principled and more self-critical, avoiding pragmatic com- promises. The creative work of the Zaha Hadid Vienna studio testifies to this.
Accompanied by essays: Zaha Hadid, Patrik Schumacher, Wolf Prix, Greg Lynn, Klaus Bollinger, Hani Rashid, Aaron Betsky, Joseph Giovannini, Brett Steele, Ali Rahim, Jesse Reiser, Hannes Traupmann, Mascha Veech and many others.