Star Architect Zaha Hadid passed away. A great loss in the world of architecture.


I was in shock last night when my Facebook page was suddenly flooded with news of Zaha Hadid who passed away yesterday on the last day of March 2016. She died of heart attack at the age of 65. Zaha Hadid is a name everyone in architecture field recognizes. She played a very huge role in shaping what contemporary architecture is today from her many prominent design works across the world. She was also regarded as being the most famous architect of our generation.

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If you didn’t know anything about her, here below is some brief background of this talented woman. Zaha Hadid was an Iraqi-British architect born on 31st October 1950. She studied mathematics at the American University of Beirut before moving to study at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, where she met Rem Koolhaas, Elia Zenghelis, and Bernard Tschumi. She worked for her former professors, Koolhaas and Zenghelis, at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, in Rotterdam, the Netherlands and she became a partner in 1977. In 1980, she established her own London-based practice. During the 1980s, she also taught at the Architectural Association, an architecture school which is one of the best in the world.

She became the first woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize (2004), the highest architectural prize presented for an individual annually. She also received the Stirling Prize in 2010 and 2011, another prestigious award in architecture field. In 2012, she was created a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services in architecture and in 2015 she became the first woman to be awarded the RIBA Gold Medal. In 2008, she ranked 69th on the Forbes list of “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women”.

Her contribution in architecture spanned almost four decades with countless of her completed projects across the world. She was famously known for producing curvy and fluid forms in her designs. Her buildings are distinctively neofuturistic, characterised by curving forms with “multiple perspective points and fragmented geometry to evoke the chaos of modern life”. When you saw a building that was designed by her, you can instantly recognize it.

I do find some of her projects particularly interesting eventhough I’m not that fond of her works at times too. However, it is no doubt that she successfully created some of the most iconic architectural masterpieces of our generation. Here below are some of her prominent works in the past:

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IBA Housing, Germany (1993) – Zaha Hadid’s first realised project.

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Vitra Fire Station, Germany (1994).

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Bergisel Ski Jump, Austria (2002).

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BMW Central Building, Germany (2005).

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Bridge Pavilion, Spain (2008).

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Guangzhou Opera House, China (2010).

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London Aquatics Centre, United Kingdom (2011) – Venue for aquatic events for London 2012 Summer Olympic Games. The building is modified after the games. (two images showing before and after above)

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Riverside Museum, Scotland (2011).

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Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center, Azerbaijan (2012).

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Innovation Tower, Hong Kong (2013).

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Dongdaemun Design Plaza and Park, South Korea (2014).

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Wangjing SOHO, China (2014).

She truly had crafted some of the most beautiful and groundbreaking designs in the world. From small humble structures to impressive magnificent landmarks, her contribution and dedication in architecture was priceless. She truly was one of the greatest architects of our generation who had inspired and influenced a lot of us. A wonderful architect, an inspiring legend. Rest in Peace, Zaha Hadid. We have lost a giant in architectural world.

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

 

 

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A tribute to two stars who passed away recently, David Bowie and Alan Rickman..


This week is filled with tragic news of passing away of two notable Hollywood stars. They are David Bowie on 10th January 2016 and Alan Rickman on 14th January 2016. In 14th January 2016 (which also happens to be my eldest sister’s birthday as well as her eldest son’s birthday), Celine Dion’s husband, Rene Angelil also passed away. That makes the count to three. What a bad week especially to the fans of these legends.

I have actually not heard of David Bowie until after his death that I started to see many paying respect and tribute to this man all around in social networking sites. Perhaps it is most probably due to that his fame as a singer peaked at the time when I’m not even born yet. I’m not in the generation that listen to his songs, and hence not knowing him much. Hence, I need to do a bit of research about him first. David Bowie was an English singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, painter and actor. He was a figure in popular music for over five decades, and was considered by critics and other musicians as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s.

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Bowie’s songs and stagecraft brought a new dimension to popular music in the early 1970s, strongly influencing both its immediate forms and its subsequent development. A pioneer of glam rock, Bowie, according to music historians Schinder and Schwartz, has joint responsibility with Marc Bolan for creating the genre. At the same time, he inspired the innovators of the punk rock music movement. While punk musicians trashed the conventions of pop stardom, Bowie moved on again—into a more abstract style of music making that in turn became a transforming influence. Bowie’s impact was enormous; he changed the nature of rock music, and changed his own approach repeatedly. During his career, he sold an estimated 140 million records worldwide. In the UK, he was awarded nine platinum album certifications, eleven gold and eight silver, and in the US received five platinum and seven gold certifications. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.

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He died of liver cancer on 10th January 2016, at the age of 69.

Rest In Peace, David Bowie.

Next is Alan Rickman. I guess many would not know who he is by just calling out his name. Well, he is the one portraying as Professor Severus Snape in all eight Harry Potter films. Ahhaa…now you knew him. Besides than his iconic role in the Harry Potter film franchise, I didn’t watch any of his other films unfortunately. He had actually starred in over 50 films. Back to the Harry Potter films, I do remember well of how wonderful he portrayed Snape, a professor whom at first people hated him as he was too cool, mean and unfriendly towards Harry Potter. However, as the film series progresses, people loved very much on his character which is actually a good and a caring person ‘after all this time’ to Harry Potter. We will miss you, Alan Rickman…ALWAYS.

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A little biography of this wonderful man; Alan Rickman was an English actor and director, known for playing a variety of roles on stage and screen, often as a complex antagonist. Rickman was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, performing in modern and classical theatre productions. His first big television part came in 1982, but his big break was as the Vicomte de Valmont in the stage production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses in 1985, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award. Rickman gained wider notice for his film performances as Hans Gruber in Die Hard and Severus Snape in the Harry Potter film series. In 1995, Rickman earned a Golden Globe Award, an Emmy Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award for his portrayal of the title character in Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny. He won a BAFTA Award for his role in Robin Hood.

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He died of cancer on 14th January 2016, at the age of 69 too.

Rest In Peace, Alan Rickman.

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

 

Tribute for Mr. Lee Kuan Yew (1923 – 2015), the founding father of Singapore.


We woke up today in sombre mood after hearing a sad news from our neighbouring country, Singapore of which we are very close to. Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, whom was Singapore’s first Prime Minister passed away today at 3.18 am (midnight). He was 91 years old.

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Eventhough I didn’t learn much of him from our history education, but I knew he was a great man, for he had built Singapore to what it is now. I admired his effort and determination in achieving things that would be impossible to many others. Let us see Singapore now. Excellent and a beautiful country. Despite it is only a very small country in an island, but it is now one of the world’s most developed nations and a strong country in global economy. And all that started from Mr. Lee Kuan Yew’s administration since 1950s.

As the co-founder and first Secretary-General of the People’s Action Party (PAP), a political party in the island republic, he led the party to eight victories from 1959 to 1990, and oversaw the separation of Singapore from Malaysia in 1965 and its subsequent transformation from a relatively underdeveloped colonial outpost with no natural resources into a “First World” Asian Tiger. He became the country’s first Prime Minister from 1959 to 1990. He held the post for over three decades. After he retired as PM, he subsequently became Senior Minister (1990 to 2004) and Minister Mentor (2004 – 2011) to contribute his valuable advice to the government for the betterment of the nation and its people.

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He was no doubt one of the most influential political figures in Asia. He was a giant. A visionary leader. Asia’s Mentor. Architect of modern Singapore. The news of his death today made headlines everywhere across the world and had many national leaders paying respect and tribute to this great man. His legacy didn’t ends, as it continues to his son, Mr. Lee Hsien Loong, whom is the current Prime Minister of the country.

‘I wouldn’t say everything Mr. Lee Kuan Yew said and done were the right ones. But he does provide a blueprint on how Malaysia should be governed and also offered a glimpse to Malaysians of our country’s potential if governed properly. Rest in Peace to the great Singapore founding father.’

That’s a quote from one of my Facebook friends this morning that I find good enough to explain my feeling right now too. Malaysian government should really learn from him (but in reality, they never do). This is a sad day for Singapore to witness the demise of the nation’s founding father and the ‘architect’ of modern Singapore. Rest in Peace, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew. Eventhough he was sometimes controversial, but he certainly made Singaporeans proud. You and your legacy will never be forgotten as long as Singapore is still here, thriving and prospering.

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(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

Goodbye Neil Armstrong, the first person to set foot on the Moon.


Many of us would have known his name; Neil Armstrong. We have probably get to know his name from History class as he is the first person on Earth to set foot on the Moon from Apollo 11 mission on July 20, 1969. That day had since became one of the most important days in history of the world which had proven that Man can finally reach that far and landed on another planet within our universe.

The famed US astronaut passed away yesterday following complications from cardiovascular surgery. He was 82.  “That’s one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind.” That are the first words upon stepping on the lunar surface which have since been etched in history. I personally like that statement very much, which is simple yet very strong and meaningful. The phrase indicates that mankind are striving for big achievements and that is one of it, and he was the one who represented mankind for that milestone!

(Image above from http://regmedia.co.uk/2012/08/25/neil_armstrong_dead_a_82.jpg)

An estimated 500 million people watched the grainy black and white broadcast that showed Armstrong, clad in a white space suit, climb down the lunar module’s ladder onto the Moon’s desolate surface. I was not born yet on the time of the landing, and so I couldn’t know the feeling at that time when someone successfully set foot on the Moon for the first time. It must be a very special feeling in everyone’s heart at that proudest time of mankind.

My parents were then only kids at the time of the history-making moment. But then, I had asked my dad for more details regarding the landing but then my dad think that it’s fake. Of course, he provided some very reasonable reasons and there are also many claims worldwide which mentioned that the particular landing on the Moon is a hoax. How come there isn’t any future project over landing on the Moon after that since it is proven that mankind is capable of doing so after Apollo 11 mission? There are also a lot of conspiracy theories regarding the landing which are proven through NASA photographs taken over the landing. So, it’s hard for me not to suspect that the landing is staged for certain political reasons.

(Image above from http://www.exploremars.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/neil-armstrong-on-the-moon.jpg)

But anyway, Neil Armstrong was still credited as a great American hero whom had helped to uplift the nation in space industry from the successful mission he lead on landing to the Moon back in 1969, over 43 years ago. “While we mourn the loss of a very good man, we also celebrate his remarkable life and hope that it serves as an example to young people around the world to work hard to make their dreams come true, to be willing to explore and push the limits, and to selflessly serve a cause greater than themselves,” his family said in a statement. May you rest in peace, Neil Armstrong. You are a legend, a very important historical figure in history of mankind’s achievements.

(Certain information from this post are from the following source: http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/8/26/reutersworld/1208260644-us-astronaut-neil-armstrong-dies-at-82&sec=reutersworld)

Steve Jobs, founder of Apple Inc. (Father of ‘I’) passed away


What a shocking news! The co-founder of Apple company, who responsible for invention of I Phone, I Pad, I Pod as well as Macintosh (MAC) and had until recently only passed on the work to Tim Cook as the current CEO, due to deteriorating health problem, had passed away on Thursday morning (late Wednesday on American time). Steve Jobs, counted among the greatest American CEOs of his generation, died at the age of 56, after a years-long and highly public battle with cancer and other health issues. He had also served as chief executive of Pixar Animation Studios, a member of Board of Directors of The Walt Disney Company, and became executive producer of Toy Story (1995).

In current era of advanced technology especially on telecommunication products, no one would not recognize Steve Jobs. He is the man that brings us I Phone, most notably, carefully developing the product every year to serve for the customers on latest way technology can achieve (from I Phone to I Phone 4). Yesterday, the new I Phone 4S (not I Phone 5 as predicted) is introduced to the public by the new CEO, Tim Cook whom are being questioned on his ability to do the job as good as Steve Jobs, due to the lack of improvement on I Phone 4S. The latest product received not a very good feedback after all the hype of it.

Steve Jobs was definitely a professional in his working field. I Phone is the product that captured the attention of the whole globe, with many people now owning I Phone, knowing its wide variety of advantages. I personally didn’t have an I Phone, because I’m would prefer to stick to my usable phone by Sony Ericsson. Even of that, I do recognize the impact of I Phone production that Steve Jobs had brought  to us in telecommunication, networking, and entertainment purposes.

Steve Jobs had just resigned from his job as CEO of the world largest technology corporation on last August (two months ago), and it’s sad that he lost his battle to his health problem. His legacy would remains with continual development of his founding products for the benefits of the modern society. May he rest in peace, and condolences to his family. Today, the world had lost one of the greatest man in technology of current era.

What a shocking news! MJ died….


The King of Pop or supposingly the King of Music that no one will forget, Michael Jackson just passed away this early morning (Friday – Malaysian time) meaning Thursday evening (USA time).

 

He dies at the age of 50+, leaving behind three children and has married twice. His death is a surprise since he didn’t show any symptoms lately on his health.

It is believed that he suffered heart failure in his home at Los Angeles and was sent to hospital with no breathing in ambulance. The hospital he was admitted which is UCLA Medical Centre is now fully packed with people and media.

He is a super famous singer that no one in this world (probably) will not recognize him. He reached his super famous period during 1980s. However, he is faced wth several scandals cases and side effects from plastic surgeries he undergoes.

He planned to have a world tour began from London to Asia, possibly including my home city too, Kuala Lumpur, beginning next month which we will never see again. Miss his song…long time didn’t hear his pop songs anymore…

Now, many people all around the world are expressing condolences to this pop star that will be never forgotten…This post is specially for him and for me to express condolences to him and his family. May you rest in peace, your music will never dies from our hearts…