politics
A Casting Agency Is Booking A Crowd Of Protesters For The Emir of Qatar’s Visit To Downing Street [Updated]

Have you ever dreamed of the glitz and glamour of Hollywood? Tomorrow could be your lucky day if you're willing to start by treading the boards at... umm.... 10 Downing Street. Read More >>

architecture
Zaha Hadid Was One of the Most Polarising Architects of Our Time

Zaha Hadid died at age 65 yesterday from a heart attack. The first female architect to achieve notable celebrity, her prolific and geographically diverse commissions mean that Hadid will likely remain the best-known female architect on the planet for many years. But her work was also incredibly controversial — not just the design of her structures, but the clients she chose to design them for. Read More >>

design
People are Redesigning World Cup Sponsors’ Logos to Protest Worker Abuse

FIFA is getting it from all sides right now, and for good reason. Last night the US Justice Department reportedly arrested officials for fraud related to the upcoming World Cups in Qatar and Russia. And even before the arrests, fans were protesting the use of forced labour at World Cup construction sites by hitting FIFA where it hurts: the sponsors. Read More >>

architecture
Qatar is Still Using Forced Labour to Build Stadia

Last year, the Qatari government promised to, uh, get better about using forced labour to build the stadia and infrastructure it needs to host the World Cup in 2020. But according to a new report from Amnesty International, nothing has changed. Read More >>

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Forget it Being Too Hot, The 2022 Qatar World Cup is Already Deadly

FIFA has announced that the 2022 Qatar World Cup will be played out over the winter months of December and November. By the time the first game kicks off, that will be breaking with almost 100 years of tradition, with the tournament usually taking place on a four-year summer cycle. Read More >>

locations
Qatar’s £27 Billion Plan to Build a Brand New City for the World Cup

Qatar, the 2022 host of the World Cup, is not a large country, with a population just over 2.1 million. So to prepare for the millions who'll descend on the country eight years from now, it's going to great lengths—including building an entire new city from scratch. Read More >>

history
10 of History’s Deadliest Construction Projects

The Panama Canal opened 100 years ago this month, one of the greatest engineering achievements in history. It was also one of the greatest sacrifices of human life in the name of construction, but tragically, it was far from the most deadly project in history. Read More >>

wtf
A Bleak Look at the Life of Migrant Workers Building Qatar’s World Cup

Workers sleeping 12 to a room without access to clean water. Young men dying from heart attacks due to the extreme heat. One man who has been trying to leave for five years, except his passport was taken by his boss, who has disappeared. It's the latest and most heartbreaking report on the highly controversial World Cup planned for Qatar in 2022. Read More >>

sports
Qatar is Canceling Four of its 12 Planned World Cup Stadiums

After a year of ballooning costs, delays, and controversy over its labour practices, Qatar is cutting back. According to a report from Bloomberg Businessweek, organisers have decided to drastically scale back plans to construct a dozen new stadiums for the 2022 World Cup. Read More >>

art
These Mysterious Desert Monoliths are Actually Richard Serra Sculptures

N25o 31.019'E050o51.948': You need a set of GPS coordinates to visit Richard Serra's newest work, which stretches more than a half-mile through the Qatari desert. Read More >>

locations
How the Persian Gulf is Quietly Building a Railroad Empire

Over in the US, the arrival of a new tunnel boring machine is huge news, warranting naming ceremonies and Twitter accounts. Meanwhile, in Doha, officials have quietly signed a contract to buy fifteen boring machines to build a sprawling new underground rail system. And that's nothing compared to the massive transit network being built to connect the rest of the Gulf states. Read More >>

architecture
The Grim Secret Behind Qatar’s Lavish New Stadiums

Don't hate Zaha Hadid's new World Cup stadium because it looks like a vagina. Hate it because it's being built with "modern-day slavery," according to a new Amnesty International report. Read More >>

sports
Qatar’s Reportedly Using Slave Labour to Prepare for the 2022 World Cup

Grim news has emerged from Qatar, where preparations for the 2022 World Cup are underway. Even though construction on the stadiums has yet to begin, The Guardian reports that the working environment for Nepalese migrants amounts to slave labour. And it's probably going to get worse. Read More >>