Weekly design agenda: Zaha Hadid, international design fairs

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London-based architect Zaha Hadid makes the agenda two times, hosting her first exhibition in the Gulf region and being nominated at the upcoming Brit Insurance Design Awards. Plus: the Armani hotel opens in Dubai, Zac Posen inaugurates his first apartments, and Paris hosts its arts and design pavilion.

Zaha Hadid - Fluidity and Design
March 15 - April 30

For her inaugural exhibition in the Gulf at Cartesian galleries of the Shaikh Ebrahim Center, the Pritzker Prize-winning architect presents her practice's continued exploration and research towards a new architectural language of fluidity that encompasses all scales of design.

Brit Insurance Design Awards
March 16
London, UK

The winner of the prize, which span seven categories from architecture to fashion and product design, will be announced at an award dinner hosted by London's Design Museum.

Armani hotel opens
March 18
Dubai, UAE

The luxe label, which is still managed by its founder Giorgio Armani and currently runs a variety of fashion lines as well as home accessory boutiques, spas, and cafés, has chosen the just opened Burj Khalifa (formerly Burj Dubai) - the world's largest tower - to host its first venture into hospitality.

Zac Posen apartment launch
March 18
New York, USA

Fashion designer Zac Posen will open his first condo development, consisting of nine lofts as well as a duplex and a penthouse triplex, located at 16 West 21st Street. Sales are handled by residential agents Prudential Douglas Elliman.

Pavilion des Arts et du Design
March 24-28
Paris, France

In its 14th edition this year, the pavilion - located in the Tuileries Garden - showcases everything from jewelry to contemporary paintings, African art to sleek furniture, and from decorative arts to lacquerware from the Far East.

I Saloni
April 14-19
Rho exhibition centre
Milan, Italy

The event, which is considered the international benchmark of interior design, will again host the Salone Internazionale del Mobile, Eurocucina (the International Kitchen Furniture Exhibition), and SaloneSatellite for upcoming designers. SaloneUfficio, the International Biennial Workspace Exhibition, will not be included this year but return in 2011. New York and Moscow will also host Saloni spinoffs later in the year.