The world is not a rectangle
The American writer and illustrator Jeanette Winter has the extraordinary ability to merge short texts and captivating images to perfection. With this skill she wrote a graphic novel for kids dedicated to Zaha Hadid, the famous architect symbol of contemporary architecture.
Raised in Baghdad between the Fifties and Sixties, Zaha has been able to cultivate her extraordinary talent with courage and continuity. This is the main message of the book: foster your dreams even when they seem unrealistic because those dreams will represent a magical reality that breaks stereotypes and conventions, both in architecture and life.
As Zaha claimed, in fact, architecture is not for those who want an easy life, especially for those who are both women and Arabs. But the eclectic architect knew how to excel and, among the prestigious collaborations, she boasts the teaching at Harvard, where she did not limit himself to teaching but to inspire students. Her peculiarity lies in having worked with dedication to a theoretical project, a semi-artistic architecture inspired by the landscape, biology and living beings.
Even Jeanette Winter's book is based on a particular teaching: that of training young thinkers by providing them with the tools and the stimuli to imagine their own future, through an accurate choice of words and images.
The book is addressed to kids up to 10 years of age, the author has distanced herself from a language too sectorial and aims to offer an inspiring reading for young minds and for those who, every day, try to break down stereotypes and conventions.