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Zaha Hadid Deflects Responsibility for Over 500 Qatar World Cup Worker Deaths

by , 03/01/14
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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.”

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Hadid asserts that it is the Qatari government’s responsibility to implement stronger labor laws and that it is out of her power, as the architect, to enact change. Her response prompted outrage by human rights activists who contend that Hadid, who was named one of the world’s most influential people by TIME Magazine, should use her voice to demand better working conditions. Defenders of Hadid, however, say that once the design leaves the hands of an architect, the fault and responsibility for worker conditions falls squarely on the shoulders of the contractors.

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“I have nothing to do with the workers,” Hadid told The Guardian. “I think that’s an issue the government–if there’s a problem–should pick up. Hopefully, these things will be resolved…I cannot do anything about it because I have no power to do anything about it.” In addition to the over 500 Indian migrant workers that have died during construction work connected to the World Cup, over 400 Nepalese construction workers have also died on other construction sites across Qatar.

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Via The Guardian

Images via Zaha Hadid Architects

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3 Comments

  1. Hiawatha March 2, 2014 at 4:51 am

    A designer works for a better life and a better society. It is within our genes. I am very troubled by the answer of my colleague architect. We are responsible people. We have norms for kids, materials and so on, we have to design so that workers are not in danger. A project will never be beautiful if it is stained and covered with blood…

  2. Kevin Morrison February 27, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    She is the architecture (designer), not the foreman.
    What would you have her do? Why is this a story?
    Should car designers be responsible for workers getting injured while manufacturing the car?

  3. RelayerM31 February 27, 2014 at 9:12 am

    News flash: They DON’T care over there.

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