Despite sustainability pledges, World Cup stadium built on rare wildlife habitat

June 14, 2018 by  
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Today, at 6 p.m. local time in Moscow , the 2018 World Cup will begin with a match between host country Russia and Saudi Arabia. This year’s tournament will be the first in which FIFA required that all stadiums be built and renovated with sustainability in mind. Despite this requirement, some stadiums, such as Kaliningrad, have been less than environmentally friendly. Kaliningrad Stadium was built on one of Kaliningrad’s last wetlands, a habitat for rare birds, on October Island. “It was a typical delta island, with peat and a wetland reed-bed. It was a little corner of heaven in the city, where birds lived,” local ecologist Alexandra Korolyova told ABC News . “Really, if Russia paid more attention to protecting the environment, it could potentially have become a reservation or national park within the city.” The fate of Kaliningrad’s wetlands was sealed in 2014 when much of the habitat was buried beneath more than a million tons of sand to prepare the grounds for the stadium . While Kaliningrad Stadium was constructed with green materials and features energy efficient ventilation and electrical systems, its impact is not ecologically sustainable, particularly considering how the wetlands once served as a natural cleaner of the nearby polluted river. “We’ve lost a lot, and I don’t see what we’ve gained,” said Korolyova. Related: Qatar unveils first-ever FIFA World Cup stadium to be built from shipping containers From the Russian state perspective, not much was lost at Kaliningrad. “Everything was done in accordance with best practice,” chairman of Russia’s World Cup organizing committee Arkady Dvorkovich told the Associated Press . “This place, in my view, was more like wasteland than a place with very good nature. Theoretically, of course, you can call any swamp a very beautiful and environmentally clean place, but it’s not really correct in relation to the city infrastructure and the cities .” Via EcoWatch , ABC News and Associated Press Images via Dmitry Rozhkov/Wikimedia and A. Savin/Wikimedia

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Sustainability reporting in stock exchanges ‘comes of age’

December 7, 2016 by  
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Soon 38 exchanges in London, Qatar, Vietnam and beyond will offer companies environmental and social guidance. Guess who’s missing?

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Arup and RFA Fenwick Iribarren Architects reveal their design for the new Qatar Foundation Stadium

February 24, 2015 by  
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Hiroshi Nakamura’s Nasu Tepee home features a cluster of timber-clad peaks mingling with the trees

February 24, 2015 by  
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OMA unveils plans to transform former tobacco plant site into food hub celebrating local food in Louisville

February 24, 2015 by  
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UGE’s Vertical Axis Wind Turbines now provide green power for the Eiffel Tower

February 24, 2015 by  
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The Eiffel Tower has just unveiled a new, sustainable facelift, and perhaps the most striking update to the famous landmark comes in the form of two of Urban Green Energy’s (UGE) vertical axis wind turbines . Installed 400ft up, within the tower’s iconic framework, the turbines are now providing 10,000kWh of green electricity each year. Read the rest of UGE’s Vertical Axis Wind Turbines now provide green power for the Eiffel Tower Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “wind power” , “wind turbine” , Eiffel Tower , france , green energy , green renovation , green upgrade , landmark , Paris , renewable energy , UGE , urban green energy

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SOMA Architects’ luxury Shaza Hotel breaks ground in Doha

February 5, 2015 by  
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SOMA Architects’ recently broke ground on their new Shaza Hotel project in Doha, Qatar, with the goal of opening its doors in early 2016. In their plans for this iconic hotel , the architects came up with a design that offers luxury accommodation and entertainment—all located within walking distance of major tourist attractions, such as the famed Museum of Islamic Art, the Qatar National Museum and Souq Waqif. Read the rest of SOMA Architects’ luxury Shaza Hotel breaks ground in Doha Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: arabesque facade , desert climate , Doha , glass facade , harsh climate , luxury hotel , qatar , qatar architecture , Qatar hotel , restaurant design , Shaza Hotel , soma architects

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Tree-Inspired Indoor Soccer Complex Provides Luminous Interior for Players and Fans

November 19, 2014 by  
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UN Studio Unveils 35 Vaulted Rail Stations for Qatar’s Doha Metro

September 19, 2014 by  
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Zaha Hadid Deflects Responsibility for Over 500 Qatar World Cup Worker Deaths

February 27, 2014 by  
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Zaha Hadid’s Al Wakrah stadium for the Qatar 2022 World Cup has raised eyebrows since it was first revealed, but a shockingly high number of construction deaths are threatening to cast a sinister shadow over the yonic structure. According to The Guardian, more than 500 Indian migrant workers have reportedly died in construction preparations for the World Cup. When The Guardian asked for her thoughts, Hadid replied that it is “not my duty as an architect to look at it.” Read the rest of Zaha Hadid Deflects Responsibility for Over 500 Qatar World Cup Worker Deaths Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: al wakrah stadium , architect liability , construction deaths , indian migrant workers , migrant worker deaths , migrant workers , qatar 2022 world cup stadium , qatar labor laws , Qatar World Cup , world cup construction , world cup stadium , yonic architecture , zaha hadid        

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