Zaha 2, World 0: BBC apologizes to the starchitect about migrant worker death questions

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(Courtesy Federico Babina)

After a few weeks of suffering the slings and arrows that occasionally punctuate the lives of starchitects, things are looking up for Zaha Hadid. First, the BBC issued a formal apology to her on behalf of one of its reporters, who implied that numerous construction workers on Hadid’s Al Wakrah soccer stadium project had suffered fatal accidents on site.

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(Courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects)

The network published a clarification, which stated that the “1,200 deaths…refers to migrant workers across the whole of Qatar across several years…We are sorry we didn’t make this clear in the interview with Dame Zaha Hadid. The Qatari Government say there have been no deaths on World Cup construction sites.”

Zaha’s second victory was perhaps even sweeter. Her Wangzing SOHO complex in Beijing won the Emporis Skyscraper Award, beating out projects by SOM, Foster + Partners, and Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, to name a few of the offices that submitted a total of more than 300 entries. The award recognizes structures that rise at least 100 meters (328 feet) tall.

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(Courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects)

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