Born in Baghdad in 1950, globally renowned architect Zaha Hadid was regarded as the world’s most successful and influential female in her profession. She became the first woman to be awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize, one of the highest honors in the field, and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) gold medal.   These are just two of the many recognitions bestowed on her across the world. Described as the “Queen of the curve”, her remarkable talent inspired many people, making her a role model not only for female architects, but for many women in other fields. Unfortunately, Zaha Hadid passed away prematurely on March 31st, 2016. However, she left behind a fascinating and inspirational legacy and an architecture firm currently in charge of almost a thousand projects.

To commemorate Zaha Hadid’s death, we have released five satellite images of some of her most famous works. These impressive buildings, especially if you’re standing nearby, look even more majestic when their imposing proportions can be appreciated from space.

Satellite imagery for urban planning applications

Geospatial information is a valuable source of information to develop accurate and cost-effective topographic mapping and 3D modelling of buildings and cities for urban development and civil engineering applications.

Accurate satellite imagery is crucial to designers, surveyors, engineers and architects at every stage of a project. It improves decision making and assessment from the initial planning throughout the whole process. It allows designers and engineers to visualize and evaluate the impact on the surrounding environment, to work with much greater cost and quality control, and to easily test and adapt the designs to the client’s needs.

These images were all captured by Deimos-2. Its very high resolution and it off-nadir imaging ability, up to 45 degrees, allows the satellite to obtain single pass stereo imaging, vital for engineering applications such as 3D modeling and topographic mapping. Moreover, Deimos-2 imagery allows to monitor urban growth and surface movements and changes, supporting timely detection of undesired effects deriving from constructions and risk assessment.