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A ground-breaking visual survey of architecture designed by women from the early twentieth century to the present day
'Would they still call me a diva if I were a man?' asked Zaha Hadid, challenging as she did so more than a century of stereotypes about female architects. In the same spirited approach, Breaking Ground is a pioneering visual manifesto of more than 200 incredible buildings designed by women all over the world. 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 Grafton Architects, this book is, above all else, a ground-breaking celebration of extraordinary architecture.
Jane Hall is the inaugural recipient of the British Council Lina Bo Bardi Fellowship (2013) and a founding member of Assemble, the London-based, Turner Prize-winning collective.
"Breaking Ground: Architecture by Women marks and celebrates women's roles in the architectural world, and presents a glorious visual manifesto of more than 180 exceptional buildings from around the world."—ELLE Decoration
"Breaking Ground illustrates a diverse range of styles... Hall has selected striking images of prominent buildings... [and] less widely known gems stand alongside them... A compelling and visually powerful introduction to the strength and variety of the groundbreaking work of over a century of outstanding female architects."—Morning Star newspaper
"Features more than 200 architecturally significant buildings around the world and celebrates the trailblazing women who designed them."—Houzz
"...The breadth is impressively wide, shining a welcome spotlight on lesser-known names. Recent vocal campaigns have helped to highlight overlooked contributions of many women, from Denise Scott Brown to Madelon Vriesendorp, and this book helps expand the canon."—RIBA Journal online