Zaha Hadid files lawsuit against critic for book review

Zaha Hadid filed a lawsuit against New York Review of Books and architecture critic Martin Filler after the latter included defamatory statements concerning Hadid’s attitude toward migrant workers in a book review.

The review, titled The Insolence of Architecture discussed Rowan Moore’s “Why We Build: Power and Desire in Architecture.”

“Mr. Filler wrote a review of a 370-page book on architecture in which Ms. Hadid’s name is mentioned in fewer than 20 pages. Mr. Filler’s book review, by contrast, mentions Ms. Hadid in nearly two-thirds of its paragraphs,” said a statement from BakerHostetler, the law firm who filed the complaint on behalf of Hadid.

Zaha Hadid filed the complaint with New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan on Thursday, August 21, 2014 . The architect is seeking damages from New York Review of Books, a full retraction and an injunction on the review.