Breaking Ground, the Phaidon book about architecture designed by women
Released September 16, 2019, Breaking Ground is a celebration of architecture designed by women from the early twentieth century to the present day
The title is “Breaking Ground” and is the last book that Phaidon has launched about architecture designed by women from the early twentieth century to the present day. The editor Jane Hall wants to make a pioneering visual manifesto of more than 200 incredible buildings designed by women all over the world. She stars from the epic time Zaha Haid asked ‘Would they still call me a diva if I were a man?’ challenging as she did so more than a century of stereotypes about female architects.
Featuring twentieth-century icons such as Julia Morgan, Eileen Gray, and Lina Bo Bardi, and the best contemporary talent, from Kazuyo Sejima to Elizabeth Diller and the duo Grafton Architects who curated the last Architecture Biennale di Venezia. Other important names such as Itsuko Hasegawa, winner of the inaugural Royal Academy Architecture Prize of 2018; Frida Escobedo, the youngest person ever chosen to design the Serpentine Pavilion; and of course the one and only Zaha Hadid. However, this new book also includes less familiar figures, such as Margaret Kropholler, the first professional female architect in the Netherlands; Mary Medd, a leading figure in post-war school design; Minnette de Silva, the first Sri-Lankan women to train as an architect; and Altuğ Çinici, an award-winning Turkish architect, perhaps best known for her 20th century educational and governmental commissions.
This book is, above all else, a ground-breaking celebration of extraordinary architecture. Jane Hall hopes that every young, female reader will buy this book and understand how important is to leave a mark on the built environment “and maybe she’ll end up in a future Phaidon arch book, too”.
Text by Bianca Felicori