Archinect - News 2014-10-25T08:59:57-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/108467854/world-cup-slaves-scandal-qatar-holds-2-uk-rights-researchers-over-emigration-violations World Cup ‘slaves’ scandal: Qatar holds 2 UK rights researchers over ‘emigration violations’ Miles Jaffe 2014-09-08T14:44:00-04:00 >2014-09-09T09:06:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a8/a8r04apg75y1bcng.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Qatari authorities have confirmed they are holding two British researchers who are investigating the 2022 World Cup facilities, which is linked with a scandal over poor working conditions and dozens of deaths of foreign workers. ... "All of the actions that have been taken against the two Britons are consistent with principles of human rights enshrined in the constitution," read the statement released by the Qatari QNA news agency on Sunday.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The silence from Zaha is deafening.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105576807/weekly-news-round-up-for-july-28-2014-exploding-pipelines-and-contentious-museums Weekly News Round-Up for July 28, 2014: Exploding pipelines and contentious museums Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-04T14:58:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T20:19:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2s/2sjlbh17oilmbq9c.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>Friday, August 1</strong></p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105555911/gas-pipelines-explode-in-taiwan-city-killing-24" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gas Pipelines Explode in Taiwan City Killing&nbsp;24</a>: The cause of the propene pipeline explosion is <a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/taiwan-gas-blasts-likely-caused-by-faulty-pipe-1406964902" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">still unknown</a>, but officials noticed irregularities in the pipe's flow hours beforehand, without investigating further.</li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105555912/jacko-s-neverland-ranch-is-up-for-sale-at-50-75m" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jacko's Neverland Ranch is up for sale at $50-75M</a>: Michael Jackson's Disneyland-esque compound in Santa Barbara was handed back to Tom Barrack's Colony Capital in 2008, when Jackson was heavily in debt. With $5M in annual upkeep, Colony Capital is now selling the property.&nbsp;</li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105555322/plans-approved-for-damien-hirst-s-village-on-the-british-coast" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Plans approved for Damien Hirst's village on the British coast</a>: Hirst will collaborate with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.rundellassociates.com/practice-profile" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects Rundell Associates</a>&nbsp;on the 75-home city. Renderings are surprisingly conventional when compared to <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For_the_Love_of_God" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hirst's work</a>.</li></ul><p><strong>Thursday, July 31</strong></p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105478813/new-renderings-of-what-will-replace-grafitti-art-mecca-5pointz-emerge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Renderings of What Will Replace Grafitti Art Mecca 5Pointz Emerge</a>: Unsurprisingly, it's two residential towers: with some mixed-use space on the ground floor, and 20% affordable housing. Designed by <a href="http://archinect.com/HTO-Architect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HTO Architect</a>, the buildings will have some space set asid...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/105403243/more-bad-news-with-hadid-s-qatar-stadium More Bad News with Hadid's Qatar Stadium Nicholas Korody 2014-07-30T15:02:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T21:56:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/aw/awi98cctmgcim00v.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Migrant workers building the first stadium for Qatar's 2022 World Cup have been earning as little as 45p [&asymp;75&cent;] an hour, the Guardian can reveal [...] More than 100 workers from some of the world's poorest countries are labouring in ferocious desert heat on the 40,000-seat al-Wakrah stadium, which has been designed by the British architect Zaha Hadid [..]</p></em><br /><br /><p>This is just the most recent in a slew of bad PR for the British-Iraqi architect. Earlier, <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2014/02/26/qatar-zaha-hadid-stadium/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">she was rebuked</a> for asserting that architects have neither power over nor responsibility for the conditions of workers on their buildings. <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103115491/zaha-s-baku-win-ignites-protests-over-forced-eviction-and-suspicions-over-worker-s-rights-and-human-trafficking" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">She won the 2014 Design Museum award for a building in&nbsp;Azerbaijan</a> that has been criticized for both its construction practices and more generally for being a symbol of support for the country's dictatorial leader. Her designs for a new stadium in Tokyo were called <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103705443/protests-pay-off-as-hadid-alters-tokyo-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">too big, too expensive, and inappropriate for its urban context.&nbsp;</a>&nbsp;And the awarding of the Iraqi Parliament project to her <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102706634/it-s-official-zaha-hadid-will-design-the-iraq-parliament-regardless-of-the-fact-she-came-3rd-in-the-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">was also met with controversy</a>&nbsp;(the emerging Islamic State is probably threatening the viability of the project anyway).</p><p>Still, ZHA don't seem to have any trouble finding clients!</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/93393287/qatar-introduces-higher-standards-for-world-cup-migrant-workers 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1d/1dskvb8389invdxw.jpg" 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> http://archinect.com/news/article/87000917/unnecessary-muffness-jon-stewart-discusses-zaha-s-f-kable-buildings 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s0/s0fobtwihohfov9a.jpg" 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 buildings...like 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dz/dz9aousjcqyzc86u.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Last night on The Daily Show, they offered a critique of <a href="http://www.zaha-hadid.com/2013/11/qatar-2022-supreme-committee-unveils-concept-design-for-al-wakrah-stadium/" 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> http://archinect.com/news/article/82702681/revealed-qatar-s-world-cup-slaves-to-build-infrastructure 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0h/0h4012b462qf1q70.jpg" 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/61/6171ebf17dc20a2bc6afc6469732d2da.jpg" 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e5/e5eecb9c41835e476576df58445c5019.jpg" title=""></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/49931535/desert-sands-soccer-sustainability-and-symbolic-capital 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z6/z6pb11moduddala3.jpg" 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>