The powerless starchitect: How Zaha Hadid became the first person working on the Al-Wakrah stadium that actually did die


Starchitect Zaha Hadid won the bid to design one of the planned stadiums for the 2022 FIFA World Cup event in Qatar. Her design for the Al-Wakrah stadium became the centrepiece of a discussion on the role that starchitects play in society. That debate reached a boiling point in August 2014, and resulted in a digital lynching party that sheds serious doubts on the ethics and professionalism of architectural critics and journalists alike.


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How to Cite
VAN DER HOEVEN, Frank. The powerless starchitect: How Zaha Hadid became the first person working on the Al-Wakrah stadium that actually did die. project baikal, Russian Federation, n. 47-48, p. 170-178, may 2016. ISSN 2309-3072. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 20 jan. 2019. doi:


starchitect; Zaha Hadid; Al-Wakrah stadium; 2022 FIFA World Cup; Qatar; migrant workers; Nepal; India; deaths; architectural critics; Martin Filler; The Guardian