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Shigeru Ban is praised for humanitarianism; Zaha Hadid is criticized for inhumanity. What are the ethics and responsibilities of architects? Shigeru Ban has been awarded the Pritzker Prize; was it a reward for helping society or for excellence in architecture?

Zaha Hadid caused controversy with remarks about workers on her building site in Qatar. Guy Horton and Andrea Cohen Gehring talk about the ethical obligations of architects.

In Everything Talks, Tom Saunders channels the feelings of MOMA and the Folk Art Museum as one gets ready to devour the other.

Image: Voluntary Architects Network 

Producers:
Frances Anderton
Caroline Chamberlain

Should Architects Speak Out about Working Conditions in Qatar? 13 MIN, 32 SEC
Many architects are working in the Gulf States but the one who got attention recently was Pritzker winner Zaha Hadid. The London-based Iraqi-born architect of extraordinary structures is currently building the Al-Wakrah stadium in Qatar for the 2022 World Cup.
 
Hundreds of Indian and Nepalese migrant workers have died in Qatar during construction work connected to the World Cup. Hadid was asked last month by the Guardian newspaper for her feelings about these deaths and gave a direct answer: "I have nothing to do with the workers," adding, “I'm not taking it lightly but I think it's for the government to look to take care of. It's not my duty as an architect to look at it.” 

Guests:
Guy Horton, DnA Design Journalist (@GuyHorton)
Andrea Cohen Gehring, AIA/LA

More:
'To the Point' feature on the World Cup, Qatar and human rights

Everything Talks 4 MIN
MOMA’s current architects Diller Scofio + Renfro caused an outcry earlier this year when they recommended tearing down the neighboring Folk Art Museum. This shocked fans of the Folk Art Museum, and ruptured a longtime friendship between the architects on the two buildings, prompting some people to suggest the architects should have said no to the commission rather than decimate their friends work. But what about the buildings themselves? 
 
In Everything Talks, Tom Saunders channels their thoughts, as a line of people formed around the block, waiting to get into MOMA.

Guests:
Tom Saunders, TV comedy writer (@tommy_saunders )

Shigeru Ban 10 MIN, 45 SEC
Shigeru Ban began his education at age 18 at SCI-Arc, and last week was awarded the Pritzker Prize. The jury cited his residential and museum designs, but singled out his work for refugees, saying “His buildings provide shelter. . . and spiritual places for those who have suffered tremendous loss and destruction.” 
 
Now some architects are irritated by prizes for virtue. Patrik Schumacher of Zaha Hadid’s firm recently argued against the “political correctness that is trying to paralyze us with bad conscience . . . as if the delivery of social justice is the architect’s competency.”

Guests:
Naomi Pollock, Author, Made in Japan 100 New Products

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