In fairness, I think it's safe to say that with Qatar they will at least recycle the stadium xD.Re: the modular/repurposing concept: Personally I'm glad they went this route, though still color me skeptical if that plan is followed to its fruition. Dismantling this stadium in a useable way and then repurposing its parts takes time and money, and after the eyes of the world have left Qatar will there really be the initiative to get that done? (especially if you think that the 2022 World Cup might run over budget and so funds for ANYTHING will be very tight.)
I can't help but think of the Rio 2016 Aquatic Center. That too was meant to be a modular structure with a recycling plan in place for new facilities. Instead it's been left to decay while the funds meant for repurposing have been used to shore up expenses from the Games and deal with an economic downturn:
So "sustainability" and "reusability" sound good and all, especially to the ears of FIFA executives who worry about the bad press from White Elephants, but when the rubber hits road follow through on these plans is everything. It's also why, above all else, I don't think this sort of stadium design represents a useful "new way forward". I think the REAL new way forward is to either host World Events in places that have the stadium/infrastructure to do so, OR if you really want to spread the events around the world, then use existing stadia and not force countries like Qatar to invest something like $500 million USD in a temporary structure that's gonna be used for two weeks (also, get governments out of the sports business! But that's a story for another time)
:nuts: Brazil is not a dictatorship.In fairness, I think it's safe to say that with Qatar they will at least recycle the stadium xD.
They may be a dictatorship like what Brazil is now, but one thing they can say with pride is that unlike Brazil, their federal government isn't internally corrupt.
Not sure if there is a thread on here for the Qatar National Museum, which opened a few weeks ago. Its that building with all the interconnecting disks at the other side of that small bay. Its absolutely incredible.