Zaha Hadids success is no doubt linked to her capacity to build images of remarkable power. This volume, published with an exhibition at MAXXI, is not just a tribute to the great architect. Instead, she is portrayed in terms of her relationship with Italy and interest in its culture. The dynamic inspirations of the Baroque period in Rome, the kaleidoscopic visions of Futurism, and the experimental research of Luigi Moretti and Pier Luigi Nervi are just some of the explicit references in her work. Moreover, it is precisely the plastic use of concrete tested by Italian engineers during the post-war years and since abstracted that is manifested in her architecture, in Italy and elsewhere.