An architect working on Qatar’s US$5.5bn Musheireb scheme warned that controlled growth is needed in the lead up to the 2022 World Cup.
Speaking at last week’s World Architecture Congress in Dubai, Tim Makower, partner, Allies and Morrison, UK, said: “Qatar needs to create the appropriate infrastructure for 2022. The event is a great catalyst and motivator, but it’s not what it’s all about.
“Honestly I hope it isn’t escalating expansion – I hope it is measured expansion within the available resources.”
Makower said that the challenges include reducing pollution and the use of carbon fuels and water while acknowledging the facets of the country.
He continued: “If our work is not rooted [in the locale] then it may not stand the test of time, whether that’s pre or post 2022.”
Makower praised the ambition of the country’s upcoming metro system. “There is an extraordinary metro project underway in Qatar which is most impressive. The Dubai metro is a splendid achievement but the ambition of the Qatar system is at a wider level – it involves linking the causeway to Bahrain.”