Design Diva Hits a High Z

By Blake Gopnik, Newsweek
September 18, 2011

It should be the perfect spot for an interview with Zaha Hadid, the famous architect and designer: in an atrium in Miami’s Design District, beneath a three-story Hadid sculpture that looks like a spider web made from taffy, sitting on her favorite 1960s swoopy plastic chairs. But Hadid isn’t happy. “It’s freezing in here,” she says as soon as she arrives, and has the chairs and the writer pushed out into the Florida heat. More … 

Call For Submissions: 2011 Design Exchange Awards

Submissions are invited for the 20th Annual Design Exchange Awards (DXA), which celebrate Canadian design excellence while recognizing the critical role of design in all types of organizations including commercial entities (large and small businesses), not-for-profit organizations, and the public sector. The awards call attention to the success stories achieved through close partnerships between clients and designers in the fields of architecture, engineering, fashion, industrial design, interior design, landscape architecture, visual communications and urban design. The final submission deadline is September 30, 2011. For more information about categories, eligibility and criteria, please visit or contact Noa Bronstein by phone (416-216-2120) or e-mail (