This Country is at war.
As you know 2022 FIFA World Cup is arriving soon, but constructions are going down, slowing down almost stopped for a 6 months or so from now, predictions are saying. And after this stop this frenesia is gonna arrive suddenly, construction will have to keep up with the imminent deadline.
The mirage is Dubai. But better… How better? The “big the better” is dead here. Here is not about the tallest building in the world. Here are desperate, trying to save the most of what they still have.
Doha is in war: dusty, noisy war of “background architecture” eroding the spots of ancient recent urban structure, inhabited by Pakistani, Indians Arabs from nearby countries occupying the slams of down town Doha the capital city of the per capita richest country in the world.
If you are going to visit me you’ll see Masterpieces of “black gold”; Louvre in Abudhabi, Doha Tower… No context plus money plus star architects fighting for a piece of the cake.
All around you’ll see the triumph of the post-modernity.
80s American skyscrapers of west bay; the malls of Arabic taste massive compounds copy past one thing is in common: “Give an image to that” We need to sell it and fast… or not? Banks do not ask back the investments until the building is put in use. Bad choice investments are ok, tolerated… no evident (numbers on the account) consequences.
Crappy developments here are coming from drafts-men paid by people not aware of what is a development effective for the city and the future. “From where did you copy paste this? No logic is required. Smoking xixa with the Emir appears to be essential for the “high rank of developers” creating low quality unstoppable projects, that the municipality cannot do almost anything about.
Virgin land plus crappy design plus money equal developments creating a disaster for 80 years. You must know that surprisingly one big issues is flooding. Few documents right now are required to start application for “mega-projects” no consideration is given to the topography, ending up with buildings underwater for months.
The long run future is dark; the short future is promising but the present is dusty.
Regards from Doha.