Towering Folly: As Qatar's Death Toll Rises, So Does This Monument

00:00 - 3 December, 2014
Towering Folly: As Qatar's Death Toll Rises, So Does This Monument, Courtesy of 1week1project
Courtesy of 1week1project

On one of Qatar's many World Cup construction sites, another Nepalese worker dies. The worker is not named; their death does not make the news, and work resumes on the site as soon as possible in order to make the 2022 construction deadline. But, in the desert outside Doha, a crane driver solemnly prepares to add one more concrete module to what has rapidly, and tragically, become one of Qatar's tallest towers.

This is the vision presented by Axel de Stampa and Sylvain Macaux, of the Paris and Santiago-based practice 1week1project, with their "Qatar World Cup Memorial." Designed as one of their week-long "spontaneous architecture" projects, the monument memorializes each deceased worker in the run-up to the 2022 World Cup.

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"Casa Futebol" Proposes a Different Olympic Legacy For Brazil's Stadiums

00:00 - 11 July, 2014
"Casa Futebol" Proposes a Different Olympic Legacy For Brazil's Stadiums, Render of the National Stadium of Brazil, based on a photograph by Tomás Faquini
Render of the National Stadium of Brazil, based on a photograph by Tomás Faquini

In these hypothetical designs entitled "Casa Futebol", Architects Axel de Stampa and Sylvain Macaux of 1Week1Project have proposed a reappropriation of Brazil's World Cup venues by inserting housing units of approximately 105 square meters into the existing structures. The designs are tailored to each stadium, allowing them to continue to operate smoothly, with part of the money raised by ticket revenue used to finance the construction and maintenance of dwellings. By either replacing part of the stands with the prefabricated units or by occupying the external facade, Casa Futebol adds a human scale to these monumental buildings.

Read on after the break for all the proposals

GIFs Turn Architecture Into Animated Art

01:00 - 3 June, 2014

Axel de Stampa has shared with us his awesome series of architecture gifs, Architecture Animée (Animated Architecture), which turn architecture from SANAA, Herzog and de Meuron, MAD Architects and more into amazing, zany gifs. See all nine after the break!