The World Is Not a Rectangle


Zaha Hadid’s Iraqi childhood is suggested to have inspired the shapes and forms she wove into her inspiring architectural designs. Jeanette Winter expands upon the late architect’s background, from her early life to her education in London. Later, we learn of the obstacles she faced time and time again to have her ground-breaking ideas accepted and commissioned. This resistance seems ludicrous now; her works are revered world-wide, and her foundation is flourishing.

The World Is Not a Rectangle‘ is a wonderful title, essential to every home and classroom. The underlying messages of standing tall, maintaining your vision, and working hard, are evident. We recommend ‘The World Is Not a Rectangle‘ to readers aged from 7 years of age, and their parents, teachers and grandparents.

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The World Is Not a Rectangle

A Portrait of Architect Zaha Hadid

Jeanette Winter

(Simon & Schuster)- hardback

Jeanette Winter weaves the story of award-winning, inspirational architect Zaha Hadid, from her beginnings in Iraq, through her education, to her failures, and later, successes. This is a truly wonderful book, for its revelations about Zaha Hadid’s inspiration and obstacles, to the underlying message to readers.  We recommend ‘The World Is Not a Rectangle’ to readers of all ages.

Award winner- Parents’ Choice Award 2017


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