Qatar unveils first-ever FIFA World Cup stadium to be built from shipping containers

November 28, 2017 by  
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Abandoned stadiums and crumbling arenas are often left in the wake of events like the World Cup and the Olympics. In a bid for more sustainable construction, Qatar has unveiled plans for the world’s first fully modular stadium ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Designed by Fenwick Iribarren , Schlaich Bergermann Partner and Hilson Moran , the 40,000-seat arena, known as the Ras Abu Aboud Stadium, would be mainly built of shipping containers to allow for disassembly and reconstruction. The plans for the cargotecture stadium —the latest in Qatar’s total of eight proposed host venues for the FIFA World Cup —was revealed this week Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), the organization tasked with delivering the infrastructure for the 2022 event. Unlike the World Cup stadiums before it, the Ras Abu Aboud Stadium will be built of modular building blocks presumably constructed in a factory with amenities, such as removable seats, concession stands, and bathrooms, ahead of on-site assembly. The modular approach results in less waste and a reduced carbon footprint, and may earn the stadium a four-star Global Sustainability Assessment System certification. Related: Arup and RFA Fenwick Iribarren Architects unveil plans for the new Qatar Foundation Stadium “This venue offers the perfect legacy, capable of being reassembled in a new location in its entirety or built into numerous small sports and cultural venues,” said SC Secretary General H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi. Qatar’s new World Cup stadium is expected to be completed in 2020 and will be located on a 450,000-square-meter waterfront site nearby a Doha port. + Fenwick Iribarren Architects Via The Architect’s Newspaper and FIFA

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Qatar’s largest labor ‘city’ to hold 70,000 migrant workers

May 11, 2015 by  
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Qatar has announced plans to build seven cities to house the migrant workers on whose backs the 2022 World Cup stadiums will be built. The largest, called “Labor City,” will hold 70,000 people as well as the second largest mosque in Qatar, a mall and clinic, and a 24,000-seat cricket stadium, according to AFP. This announcement comes after a series of damning reports that likened the country’s abhorrent living and working conditions for laborers to modern-day slavery . Read the rest of Qatar’s largest labor ‘city’ to hold 70,000 migrant workers Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: foreign workers , HUman Rights Watch , indentured servitude , labor camp , labor cities , Labor City , migrant workers , modern day slavery , News , qatar , workers rights , World Cup , world cup 2022

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A Soccer Field That Does Double Duty to Produce Clean Drinking Water

August 11, 2014 by  
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Almost one billion people on Earth  have no access to clean drinking water , and dirty water and a lack of basic sanitation cause 80% of all disease and kill more people than all forms of violence. Jane Harrison and David Turnbull of Atopia Research have come up with a way to raise awareness around this dire situation by marrying it with one of the world’s most popular sports. Their creation,  PITCH: AFRICA , is a soccer field (or pitch) that collects and filters water . The ingenious invention is both a fun place for communities to gather and a way for them to access clean water. Read the rest of A Soccer Field That Does Double Duty to Produce Clean Drinking Water Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Africa , annenberg foundation , Atopia Research , clean water , David Turnbull , Design for Health , humanitarian design , Jane Harrison , pitch: africa , Soccer , soccer field that can provide clean drinking water , South Africa , World Cup

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Governor Asks Chileans to Stop World Cup Barbecues Due to Air Pollution Problems

June 18, 2014 by  
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World Cup fever is in the air – but in Santiago, Chile it’s literally polluting the skies. The governor of Santiago recently put a call out to citizens not to light their barbecues during World Cup soccer games because all the smoke from grilling is worsening air conditions in the capital city. Reuters reports that pollution levels in Santiago reached a five-year high last weekend, after Chile played its first match against Australia in neighboring Brazil. Read the rest of Governor Asks Chileans to Stop World Cup Barbecues Due to Air Pollution Problems Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air , barbecue , braai , Chile , football , grilling , Pollution , quality , santiago , Soccer , World Cup

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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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Volcanic Eruptions May Have Slowed Climate Change, New Study Shows

February 27, 2014 by  
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Image of volcano eruption / Shutterstock According to a recent study published in the journal Nature Geoscience , an unusually high number of volcanic eruptions over the past 14 years may have helped to slow the progress of global warming. The explosions released sulfur dioxide particles into the atmosphere, reflecting more sunlight into space and accounting for lower average temperatures than predicted by many climate models . But the effect is not expected to last. Read the rest of Volcanic Eruptions May Have Slowed Climate Change, New Study Shows Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: benjamin d. santer , china , Climate Change , climate model , coal fire power plant , el nino souther oscillation , geoengineering , global warming , Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change , lawrence livermore national laboratory , nature geoscience , sulfate aerosol , sulfur dioxide particles , troposphere , volcanic eruption        

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Brazil’s World Cup Stadium Collapse Kills Two Workers

November 29, 2013 by  
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Photograph by Xinhua Press/Corbis Brazil’s beleaguered attempts to ready the city for the 2014 World Cup has taken a dramatic and deadly turn. On Wednesday, a large crane fell on the $355 million Corinthians Arena in São Paulo , killing two workers. The tragic accident was blamed on unstable conditions after several days of heavy rainfall. Read the rest of Brazil’s World Cup Stadium Collapse Kills Two Workers Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2014 world cup in brazil , 2014 world cup stadiums , Brazil , Brazil stadium collapses , Brazil World Cup , Corinthians Arena collapsed , Corinthians stadium , Sao Paulo stadium , two killed in world cup stadium collapse , world cup stadium collapse        

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Six Delicious Recipes for Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

November 29, 2013 by  
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New Investigation Reveals ‘Appalling’ Treatment of Migrant Laborers Working on Qatar’s 2022 World Cup

September 27, 2013 by  
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A recent investigation conducted by The Guardian has revealed alarming data on Qatar’s treatment of migrant workers engaged in preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup . According to findings, at least 44 Nepalese migrant workers have died in Qatar in recent weeks due to appalling labor conditions and abuses, and thousands more are trapped and exploited in what The Guardian calls a form of “ modern-day slavery “. Read the rest of New Investigation Reveals ‘Appalling’ Treatment of Migrant Laborers Working on Qatar’s 2022 World Cup Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: FIFA 2022 , FIFA World Cup , human rights viaolation Qatar , Qatar migrant workers , Qatar Stadiums , Qatar World Cup 2022 , Qatar World Cup Stadiums , sports architecture , stadium construction Qatar , world cup 2022 , World Cup 2022 Human rights        

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Bill Clinton Awards Students $1 Million for Insect Food Project

September 27, 2013 by  
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Former President Bill Clinton is supporting the future of alternative nutrition by awarding $1 million to an insect-farming project . The Clinton Global Initiative awarded students from Montreal’s McGill MBA program the Hult Prize, which will help fund plans to develop a micro-livestock system that would enable farmers in food-scarce regions to grow their own viable protein sources. Read the rest of Bill Clinton Awards Students $1 Million for Insect Food Project Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: clinton global initiative , eco design , green design , Hult Prize , insect farming , McGill University , sustainable design        

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