"Ai Weiwei, who helped design the Bird’s Nest stadium in Beijing, stayed away from the opening ceremonies because he said he wanted his building to represent freedom, not be a trophy for an autocratic regime uninterested in change." — hyperallergic.com
Are we even delineating the role of the Architect in the construction process? Especially in the case where the clients are a monarchy and the problem cited is endemic to the entire region and not limited to the construction industry?
Quoting Ai Weiwei and not Herzog and de Meuron seems almost tactical in an attack on the architect's lack of empathy compared to an artist's. Maybe a reader should be as personal in their critique of the journalist and question his ethnicity and entitlement, compare them to Zaha's story and probably fatigued de-sensitivity (as opposed to insensitivity) to the repression of the Other and then decide if we want to use the words "Awful Human Being".