Zaha Hadid files defamation lawsuit over book review

Hadid claims the reviewer falsely implied her indifference toward the plight of migrant workers in the Middle East.

August 22, 2014 |
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The award-winning British architect Zaha Hadid has filed a defamation lawsuit against architecture critic Martin Filler over alleged defamatory statements in a recent book review, Reuters reports.

The complaint, filed with the New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan, is based on Hadid’s claim that Filler falsely implied that she was indifferent to the alleged inhumane working conditions of migrant workers on high-profile construction projects in the Middle East, including her World Cup stadium project in Qatar.

The review was for Rowan Moore's book "Why We Build: Power and Desire in Architecture," published in The New York Review of Books on June 5. The editor, Robert Silvers, has declined to comment to Reuters, saying he was unaware of the complaint.

More information about the lawsuit can be found in this Reuters article.

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