Sunday, December 5, 2010


Qatar will be hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup and I won't lie, Im not entirely sure where in the world Qatar is, but Im sure their bid was excellent and they are very deserved winners. Looking at this video, which introduces the countries first five stadiums proposed to be built for the event, the renders are very impressive and ambitious - apart from the 'ribbon of friendship' stadium, which is hands down the fugliest stadium Iv ever seen, whoever designed a stadium that looks like a charity shop basket should be shot . But that aside, I like the fact that they all have such strong concepts that are tuned into the context of the country and competition.

It turns out Qatar is a country in the UEA, with a 1.6 million population and 40-50 degree climate in summertime, oh and not to forget that alcohol distribution and consumption is very very limited. Now, Im not exactly sure what the 1.6 million people are going to do with all of these stadiums after the world cup, and Im guessing that they're going to have to build an entire new infrastructure of transportations and accomodation to cope with the influx of footie fans, plus I hope they have jam hot cooling systems in place, but hey, they have plenty of time to get it right.  

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