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Qatar 2022 World Cup

Qatar Unveils Fifth World Cup Venue: Al Rayyan Stadium by Pattern Architects

16:20 - 23 April, 2015
Qatar Unveils Fifth World Cup Venue: Al Rayyan Stadium by Pattern Architects, Courtesy of SC
Courtesy of SC

Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) has unveiled the fifth proposed venue planned for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, this time designed by London-based Pattern Architects. Titled "Al Rayyan Stadium," the 40,000-seat Qatari-inspired structure will be built on the site of the former Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium, of which 90 percent of its materials generated from demolition are expected to be re-used for either public art projects or on the new stadium.

Foster Chosen to Design Qatar 2022 Centerpiece Stadium

12:00 - 9 March, 2015
Foster Chosen to Design Qatar 2022 Centerpiece Stadium , © Foster + Partners
© Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners has been chosen ahead of David Chipperfield Architects, Mossessian & Partners and Mangera Yvars Architects to design the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar centerpiece - the Lusail Stadium. The British practice will now move forward with its competition-winning scheme (first proposed in 2010) with the help of stadium experts ARUP and Populous

“It is an honor to design this centerpiece stadium – we are delighted to have won the international competition. This is an exciting step forward in stadium design – it will be the first to break the mould of the free standing suburban concept, and instead anticipates the grid of this future city, of which it will be an integral part,” said Norman Foster, founder of Foster + Partners.  

The Critics Speak: 6 Reasons why Hadid Shouldn't Have Sued the New York Review of Books

00:00 - 27 January, 2015
The Critics Speak: 6 Reasons why Hadid Shouldn't Have Sued the New York Review of Books, Courtesy of ZHA
Courtesy of ZHA

Update: Last week, Hadid and the New York Review of Books agreed to a settlement agreement, with Hadid accepting the apology of the New York Review of Books and, in conjunction with the settlement, donating an undisclosed sum of money to a labor rights charity. You can read the full joint statement at the end of this article.

For those that follow the ins and outs of architectural criticism, it will have been hard to miss the news this week that Zaha Hadid is suing the New York Review of Books, claiming that the critical broadside launched by Martin Fuller against Hadid in his review of Rowan Moore's book Why We Build was not only defamatory but also unrepresentative of the content of the book. Hadid's lawyers demanded a retraction of the review, which they claimed had caused Hadid "severe emotional and physical distress."

Hadid's lawsuit did manage to elicit an apology from Filler, but probably not the one she was hoping for: Filler posted a retraction admitting that his review confused the number of deaths involved in all construction in Qatar in 2012-13 (almost 1,000) with the number of deaths on Hadid's own Al Wakrah stadium (exactly zero). However, much of Filler's comments criticizing Hadid's cold attitude to conditions for immigrant workers in Qatar remain unaddressed.

Throughout the week, a number of other critics took this opportunity to pile more criticism on Hadid, unanimously agreeing that the lawsuit was a bad idea. Read on after the break to see the six reasons they gave explaining why.

M Castedo Architects Unveils 30-Story Silver Pearl Hotel For Qatar 2022 World Cup

00:00 - 5 December, 2014
M Castedo Architects Unveils 30-Story Silver Pearl Hotel For Qatar 2022 World Cup, © M Castedo Architects
© M Castedo Architects

New York-based firm M Castedo Architects have unveiled their designs for the "Silver Pearl Hotel", a 1000-room luxury resort and conference facility for the Qatar 2022 World Cup located 1.5 kilometers off the Doha coastline. The $1.6 billion design consists of two 30-story semicircular towers connected by a full height, transparent climate controlled atrium, with unimpeded views of the sea beyond. Access to the hotel will be provided by a four lane elevated causeway over the sea - or alternatively by private yacht or helicopter, say the architects.

© M Castedo Architects Structural Section. Image © M Castedo Architects Floor Plan. Image © M Castedo Architects © M Castedo Architects +8

Qatar Unveils Designs for Fourth World Cup Stadium

00:00 - 4 December, 2014
Qatar Unveils Designs for Fourth World Cup Stadium, Courtesy of SC
Courtesy of SC

A new, 40,000-seat stadium has been unveiled in preparation for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Planned for Qatar’s Education City, the home of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), the “Qatar Foundation Stadium” is the fourth stadium design that has been released by the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC). 

The structure is intended to reference Islamic architecture. Both the interior and exterior will be clad in translucent triangular panels whose color and patterns will shift throughout the day, depending on the position of the sun and influence of artificial illumination which will reflect the events happening from within the stadium. 

Read on after the break for more on the design.

Courtesy of SC Courtesy of SC Courtesy of SC Courtesy of SC +10

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.

Courtesy of 1week1project Courtesy of 1week1project Courtesy of 1week1project Courtesy of 1week1project +10

Qatar Unveils Designs for Third World Cup Stadium

00:00 - 25 November, 2014
© Doha News
© Doha News

The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy has released images of the third 2022 World Cup Stadium planned for Qatar. Revamping an existing 40-year-old stadium at Gulf Cup in Riyadh, the Khalifa International Stadium will be expanded to accommodate 40,000 spectators and equipped with an “innovative cooling technology” that will allow players to compete at a comfortable 26 degrees Celsius.  

Read on after the break for more on the design.

© Doha News © Doha News © Doha News © Doha News +7

Martin Filler Admits Mistake in his Critique on Zaha Hadid

00:00 - 26 August, 2014
Martin Filler Admits Mistake in his Critique on Zaha Hadid , Courtesy of ZHA
Courtesy of ZHA

Last week Zaha Hadid filed a libel lawsuit against critic Martin Filler, after Filler’s review of Rowan Moore’s book “Why We Build: Power and Desire in Architecture" for the New York Review of Books included a scathing section on Hadid. In the article Filler said she had shown “no concern” for the death of construction workers in Qatar, where she designed a stadium for the 2022 World Cup. Now, Filler has admitted to a significant error in the article he wrote, The New York Times has reported. In an amendment to his article Filler acknowledges that the quotes he used from Hadid were taken out of context and had “nothing to do” with the Qatar stadium she designed. Read Filler’s full statement in the New York Times article, here

Qatar Unveils Designs for Second World Cup Stadium

01:00 - 2 July, 2014
Qatar Unveils Designs for Second World Cup Stadium, © Neoscape, Inc.
© Neoscape, Inc.

Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy have released images of the latest stadium designed for the 2022 World Cup. Located in Al Khor City, the Al Bayt Stadium will also be surrounded by the new Al Bayt district, which will host retail space and restaurants, as well as landscaped paths for residents to use as horseriding, cycling and jogging tracks. 

The design - billed as "an entirely Qatari concept, reflecting Qatar’s proud history and culture" - is based on the Bayt Al Sha’ar, a black and white tent used traditionally by nomadic people in Qatar, which would have been a welcome symbol of hospitality for desert travelers.

Read on after the break for more on the design

© Neoscape, Inc. © Neoscape, Inc. © Neoscape, Inc. © Neoscape, Inc. +11

Doubts Over Qatar's World Cup Future Causing Tension Among Architects

00:00 - 9 June, 2014
Doubts Over Qatar's World Cup Future Causing Tension Among Architects, Foster + Partners' design for the 'Lusail Iconic Stadium' which formed part of Qatar's initial bid.. Image © Foster + Partners
Foster + Partners' design for the 'Lusail Iconic Stadium' which formed part of Qatar's initial bid.. Image © Foster + Partners

An expert on the Middle Eastern construction industry has said that architects working in Qatar are worried about the future of their projects, following the allegations sparked by a Sunday Times report last week of corruption during the country's 2022 World Cup bid. With many people calling for Qatar to be stripped of the event or for the bidding process to be re-run, there is a chance that Qatar might have to pull the plug on many of its major projects.

Speaking to the Architects' Journal  Richard Thompson, the Editorial Director of the Middle East Economics Digest, said "A lot of people out here are watching it nervously."

Read on for more of the comments made by Thompson

Foster and Chipperfield Among Firms Shortlisted for Qatar's 2022 Centerpiece

00:00 - 29 May, 2014
Foster and Chipperfield Among Firms Shortlisted for Qatar's 2022 Centerpiece, Foster + Partners' Previous Design for the 'Lusail Iconic Stadium' which formed part of Qatar's bid for the World Cup. Image © Foster + Partners
Foster + Partners' Previous Design for the 'Lusail Iconic Stadium' which formed part of Qatar's bid for the World Cup. Image © Foster + Partners

Four firms have been shortlisted to design Qatar's Lusail Stadium, the centerpiece for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Foster + Partners, David Chipperfield Architects, Mossessian & Partners and Mangera Yvars Architects are now competing to design the 80,000 seat stadium which will host the international event alongside Zaha Hadid's Al Wakrah stadium and others.

Read on after the break for more on the shortlist

The Indicator: Where the Migrant Workers Are

00:00 - 12 March, 2014
The Indicator: Where the Migrant Workers Are, Zaha Hadid Architects' design for al-Wakrah stadium, the main stadium for the 2022 Qatar World Cup. Image Courtesy of ZHA
Zaha Hadid Architects' design for al-Wakrah stadium, the main stadium for the 2022 Qatar World Cup. Image Courtesy of ZHA

Zaha Hadid’s unfortunate comments in response to worker deaths on construction sites for the 2022 World Cup has made Qatar the eye of a storm that has been raging globally for decades. But it’s not just about Qatar. This has been an issue for as long as there have been construction sites and for as long as poor people have swarmed to them for a chance at a better life. 

Construction booms and migrant construction workers have always been two sides of the same equation, both dependent on the other, and, by the twisted logic of the global economy, both are the reason for the other’s existence. No migrant labor pool = no global city = no fantastic architecture, or something to this effect. 

The migrant workers are the silent collaborators in global architecture, the invisible, faceless, “untouchables” who make the cost-effective construction of these buildings possible.

Hadid's Response to Worker Deaths: Tone-Deaf But True

00:00 - 4 March, 2014
Hadid's Response to Worker Deaths: Tone-Deaf But True, Courtesy of ZHA
Courtesy of ZHA

This article, by Martin Pedersen, originally appeared on Metropolis Magazine as "Governments, Not Architects, Should Shoulder Responsibility for Worker Deaths, Says Hadid."

Zaha Hadid set off a mini-shitstorm [the other day] when she declared that architects have “nothing to do with the workers” who have died on construction sites in Qatar, site of the World Cup in 2022. The Guardian had reported that nearly 900 workers had died in the past two years building the infrastructure required for the massive event. One of the projects under construction is Hadid’s Al-Wakrah stadium (above), a swoopy, curvilinear 40,000 seat facility that some critics likened to a vagina when the scheme was unveiled to the public. “It’s not my duty as an architect to look at it,” Hadid said, on the worker deaths. “I cannot do anything about it because I have no power to do anything about it. I think it’s a problem anywhere in the world. But, as I said, I think there are discrepancies all over the world.”

Her tone-deaf comments elicited a firestorm of predictable outrage, but I’d contend they had a near-truth about them. As I see it, Hadid had four possible courses of action, all of them limited in scope. 

Zaha Hadid on Worker Deaths in Qatar: "It's Not My Duty As an Architect"

00:00 - 26 February, 2014
Zaha Hadid on Worker Deaths in Qatar: "It's Not My Duty As an Architect", Courtesy of ZHA
Courtesy of ZHA

When The Guardian recently asked Zaha Hadid about the 500 Indians and 382 Nepalese migrant workers who have reportedly died in preparations for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the architect behind the al-Wakrah stadium responded:

"I have nothing to do with the workers. I think that's an issue the government – if there's a problem – should pick up. Hopefully, these things will be resolved."

Calatrava's "Sharq Crossing" Planned for Doha Skyline

00:00 - 24 December, 2013
Calatrava's "Sharq Crossing" Planned for Doha Skyline, © Santiago Calatrava
© Santiago Calatrava

Located in Doha, Sharq Crossing is a set of three interconnected bridges spanning almost ten kilometres in the Doha Bay. Designed by the famed architect Santiago Calatrava, the bridge will connect the city's cultural district in the north to Hamad International Airport and the central business district in West Bay. The bridges, which are designed to accomodate as many as 2,000 vehicles an hour per lane, are also flanked by a series of subsea tunnels to manage and direct the flow of traffic across the bay. 

Will Internet Kill the Architect Star?

00:00 - 11 December, 2013
Will Internet Kill the Architect Star?, Courtesy of ZHA
Courtesy of ZHA

After the controversial lampooning of Zaha Hadid's Al Wakrah Stadium in Qatar, Anthony Flint of the Atlantic Cities casts a critical eye over how the internet, and the swarms of would-be architecture critics that reside there, have changed the way that buildings are designed. Tracking the trend for this form of criticism from Le Corbusier's "two pianos having sex" (aka the Carpenter Centre at Harvard) to the hyper-reactive culture of modern online criticism today, he looks at how architects - and PR companies - are responding. You can read the full article here.

Zaha Hadid Defends Qatar Stadium from Critics

00:00 - 26 November, 2013
Zaha Hadid Defends Qatar Stadium from Critics, Courtesy of ZHA
Courtesy of ZHA

In an exclusive interview with TIME, Zaha Hadid has finally responded to the claims - voiced most notably by Jon Stewart - that her design for the Al Wakrah Stadium (what will be Qatar's stadium for the 2022 World Cup) resembles female genitalia (Stewart in fact called Hadid the “Georgia O’Keeffe of things you can walk inside").

Zaha Hadid’s 2022 Qatar World Cup Stadium Unveiled

00:00 - 18 November, 2013
Zaha Hadid’s 2022 Qatar World Cup Stadium Unveiled, Courtesy of ZHA
Courtesy of ZHA

New details have emerged on Zaha Hadid Architects and AECOM’s 2022 FIFA World Cup stadium in Qatar. Scheduled to begin construction in late 2014, the 40,000-seat venue pulls inspiration from a local fishing boat - the Arabian dhow - to influence its overall design.