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Hadid v. NYRB

Will Retracting the “Defamatory” Article Be Enough for Zaha Hadid?

Architect, Sept. 3, 2014

On Aug. 21, Reuters broke the news that Zaha Hadid, Hon. FAIA, had filed a lawsuit against The New York Review of Books (NYRB) and its architecture critic, Martin Filler. A torrent of media coverage followed, much of it decrying Hadid’s action. What exactly happened, and where does the case stand now?

In her lawsuit, Hadid v. NYRev Inc et al, filed in the Supreme Court of the State of New York in New York County, the Pritzker Prizewinning architect charges that in an article published in the NYRB on June 5a review of a book by Rowan Moore, Why We Build: Power and Desire in Architecture (Harper Design, 2013)Filler made “false and defamatory” statements about her and the Al Wakrah Stadium in Qatar, which she designed.

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Photograph by REX/Nils Jorgensen via Associated Press