Friday, November 18, 2022, 2:05 p.m
One of the main reasons officially cited by FIFA in 2010 for designating Qatar as the host country for the 2022 FIFA World Cup was the flawless master plan presented.
The Qataris hired Albert Speer Jr., a then 75-year-old architect, to design the stadiums where the soccer matches would be held. Speer became responsible for a project estimated at 140 billion dollars, which he would bring to a successful conclusion to the praise of the whole world.
Speer’s father was also named Albert. At the height of his powers, he was Minister of Armaments and War Production for the Third Reich and, as Adolf Hitler’s favorite architect, he transformed the Führer’s megalomaniac fantasies into monumental structures. The famous father died in 1981, at the age of 76, at his residence in London.
Albert Speer Jr. has confessed on several occasions that the heaviest burden in life was to detach himself from his father’s heavy name.
On the other hand, industry experts say few Germans have been as good at building cities as Speer Jr. and his 120 employees at Albert Speer & Partners, a Frankfurt-based firm. Speer Jr., who died in 2017 at the age of 83, is credited with introducing the concept of “sustainability” to urban planning at a time when Germans still associated the term with forestry. The influential German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung calls it “the green conscience of industry”.
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Albert Speer did a lot to change the face of the world in a revolutionary way. During his lifetime, the architect designed a satellite city near Cairo for 3 million people, the Chinese car city of Anting, a new capital for Nigeria and the 2000 World Expo in Hanover.
He also drew the Olympic bids of the cities of Leipzig – 2012 and Munich – 2018.
The stadium design envisioned by Speer is a significant reason why Qatar was awarded the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Among other things, the Speer firm also designed the Allianz Arena, the “home” of the Bayern Munich football team, currently considered by many experts to be the most beautiful football stadium in the world.
The New Yorker painted a portrait of Albert Speer Jr. from the perspective of the nefarious influence of his father’s legacy.