Archinect - News 2014-07-25T13:33:19-04:00 Qatar introduces higher standards for World Cup migrant workers Orhan Ayyüce 2014-02-11T18:43:00-05:00 >2014-02-11T19:08:41-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The organising committee for the Qatar 2022 World Cup has promised that contractors who build its stadiums will be held to high standards on the welfare of migrant workers, in the wake of trenchant and sustained criticism. But the promises, made after demands for a progress update from football's governing body Fifa, do not deal with wider concerns about workers engaged in the &pound;137bn construction boom underpinning World Cup infrastructure.</p></em><br /><br /><p>After the accidental death of over 185 Nepali workers' death, Qatar has obliged to introduce new standards to avoid further pressure from the international community.</p><p><em>However, it only deals with the construction of the stadiums, which is due to begin in earnest this year.&nbsp;</em></p> Unnecessary Muffness; Jon Stewart discusses Zaha's "f**kable buildings" Nam Henderson 2013-11-20T17:26:00-05:00 >2013-11-25T00:10:58-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="291" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"designed by famed architect Zaha Hadid whose signature style appears to be making some of the world's most f**kable Georgia O'Keeffe of things you can walk inside...i guess maybe it is time things evened out a bit" - Jon Stewart</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Last night on The Daily Show, they offered a critique of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Qatar's recently released plans for the Al Wakrah 2022 FIFA World Cup Stadium, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects</a>. The show goes on to label the proposal one of the world's most f**kable soccer stadiums. Also while reporting in, on assignment Al Madrigal is unable to find the "press box".</p> Revealed: Qatar's World Cup 'slaves' to Build Infrastructure Quilian Riano 2013-09-26T13:08:00-04:00 >2013-09-29T09:43:49-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"We'd like to leave, but the company won't let us,"</p></em><br /><br /><p> "We'd like to leave, but the company won't let us," said one Nepalese migrant employed at Lusail City development, a $45bn (&pound;28bn) city being built from scratch which will include the 90,000-seater stadium that will host the World Cup final. "I'm angry about how this company is treating us, but we're helpless. I regret coming here, but what to do? We were compelled to come just to make a living, but we've had no luck."</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> The body tasked with organising the World Cup, the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee, told the Guardian that work had yet to begin on projects directly related to the World Cup. However, it said it was "deeply concerned with the allegations that have been made against certain contractors/sub-contractors working on Lusail City's construction site and considers this issue to be of the utmost seriousness". It added: "We have been informed that the relevant government authorities are conducting an investigation into the allegations."</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> Desert sands, soccer, sustainability and "symbolic capital"... Nam Henderson 2012-06-01T23:55:00-04:00 >2013-11-20T17:31:07-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In December 2009, at the "SportAccord" marketing trade show held in Denver, a pair of young Qataris walked up to the Albert Speer &amp; Partners booth, flipped through the brochures and soon realized that the Frankfurt-based firm specialized in very large-scale projects with a focus on sustainability.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Alexander Smoltczyk interviewed Albert Speer Jr. in connection with Qatar's bid for the 2022 World Cup, &nbsp;designed by Speer's Frankfurt based firm. More interested in "<strong>intelligent cities</strong>" than simple architectural objects, the firm&nbsp;does and offers everything, from the big-picture concepts down to detailed plans. As for questions about patronage, politics and democracy Speer believes "<em>Generally speaking, Germans should be able to work in countries with a German embassy." </em>Additionally, Alexander writes that the current building race seen in the Gulf region is all about "<strong>symbolic capital</strong>", "<strong>sustainable power and sustainable spectacle</strong>".</p>