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“Between 400 and 500” deaths connected to World Cup construction says top Qatar official

December 1, 2022 Tom Ravenscroft 0

The secretary-general of Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy has said that at least 400 migrant workers died building the World Cup – a figure that is dramatically higher than FIFA’s official figure of 37 stadium-related deaths. In an interview with presenter Piers Morgan, World Cup Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy secretary-general Hassan al-Thawadi

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Planners approve “destructive plans” to revamp postmodern Sainsbury Wing

November 30, 2022 Tom Ravenscroft 0

Westminster planners have approved the controversial plans by New York studio Selldorf Architects to remodel the postmodern Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown-designed Sainsbury Wing at the National Gallery. Last night the planning committee in Westminster, London, approved the Selldorf Architects’ revised plans to alter the National Gallery’s 1991 extension. The plans have been heavily criticised as an “act of

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Denise Scott Brown makes plea to abandon “destructive” revamp of National Gallery extension

November 28, 2022 Tom Ravenscroft 0

Architect Denise Scott Brown has urged planners to refuse Selldorf Architects’ controversial plans to remodel her and Robert Venturi’s postmodern Sainsbury Wing at the National Gallery. Ahead of a planning decision that is set to be made tomorrow, Scott Brown said that “refusal of these applications is the only appropriate decision”. US studio Selldorf Architects has proposed

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Eight future stadiums set to be built around the world

November 24, 2022 Tom Ravenscroft 0

Following the completion of the 2022 World Cup Qatar stadiums, we look at the next generation of sports venues being designed by studios including David Chipperfield Architects, OMA and BIG. Stadiums make up some of the world’s largest and most impressive buildings. In Qatar, eight were recently built or heavily renovated to host this year’s

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Lina Ghotmeh reveals design for 2023 Serpentine Pavilion

November 23, 2022 Tom Ravenscroft 0

Lebanese architect Lina Ghotmeh is set to create a timber pavilion sheltering a low circular table for next year’s Serpentine Pavilion. Announced as the architect of the 22nd commission today, Ghotmeh’s À table pavilion will be installed in London’s Kensington Gardens in June 2023. “À table is an invitation to dwell together, in the same space

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Week envisions Qatar World Cup migrant worker memorial to “reflect the scale of the humanitarian disaster”

November 22, 2022 Tom Ravenscroft 0

Architecture studio Week has envisioned a 4.4-kilometre-high memorial to draw attention to the number of reported deaths connected to the construction of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Named the Qatar World Cup Memorial, the tower would be constructed from stacked concrete blocks, with each block representing one of the migrant workers reported to have

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Glass lift viewpoint opens within Battersea Power Station chimney

November 19, 2022 Tom Ravenscroft 0

The Lift 109 viewpoint designed by Ralph Appelbaum Associates has opened within the rebuilt chimney of Battersea Power Station in London, which was recently revamped by architecture studio WilkinsonEyre. Named Lift 109, due to the fact the lift will take visitors 109 metres up in the air to give views across London and the power station,

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DJI creates drone tour of Foster + Partners-designed skyscraper HQ

November 18, 2022 Tom Ravenscroft 0

Drone manufacturer DJI has revealed a video filmed by a drone that flies around the exterior and interior of its 200-metre-high Sky City headquarters designed by British architecture studio Foster + Partners. Filmed using the company’s DJI Avata drone, the film explores the pair of skyscrapers that were recently completed in Shenzhen and are connected by

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Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s David Rubenstein Forum named 2022’s best tall building

November 17, 2022 Tom Ravenscroft 0

The 10-storey David Rubenstein Forum in Chicago designed by US studio Diller Scofidio + Renfro has been awarded the 2022 prize for Best Tall Building Worldwide by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Completed in 2020, the David Rubenstein Forum at the University of Chicago was named the overall winner at the Council on

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Silence of World Cup stadium architects “assists” Qatar’s sportswashing attempts

November 15, 2022 Tom Ravenscroft 0

Architects of the FIFA 2022 World Cup stadiums should speak out on human rights issues or risk helping Qatar in its “sportswashing attempts”, says Amnesty International’s Peter Frankental in this exclusive interview. Speaking to Dezeen, economic affairs programme director at Amnesty International UK Frankental said the architecture studios that designed the stadiums for this year’s World Cup, which

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