World Cup may change Doha skyline dramaticallyby Oliver Ephgrave on Apr 28, 2011
The skyline of Qatar capital Doha could be transformed by the 2022 World Cup, according to Philip Oldfield, research coordinator for the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).
Speaking to Middle East Architect, Oldfield said, "I would not be surprised if more towers appeared as icons in time for the World Cup. This could be a combination of towers that are currently proposed as well as brand new projects. 11 years is sufficient time to design and build a super tall tower from scratch."
He added that a tall building could become an icon of the event. "Tall buildings are inherently iconic. Doha's Aspire Tower was a focal point for the 2006 Asian Games."
Despite the recent speculation that Doha has plans to construct the world's tallest building, Oldfield does not believe that the city is trying to copy Dubai. "Many cities around the world - such as Shanghai, London and Manila - are constructing several high rises. Are they all trying to emulate Dubai? I don't believe this is the case and I think Doha is doing its own thing," he said.
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