A defamation lawsuit filed last week by world-renowned London-based architect Zaha Hadid certainly got the defendants’ attention. On Monday, the New York Review of Books posted a letter from article author Martin Filler. It reads:
In my review of Rowan Moore’s Why We Build: Power and Desire in Architecture [NYRB, June 5], I quoted comments by the architect Zaha Hadid, who designed the Al Wakrah stadium in Qatar, when she was asked in London in February 2014 about revelations a week earlier in The Guardian that hundreds of migrant laborers had died while working on construction projects in Qatar. I wrote that an “estimated one thousand laborers… have perished while constructing her project thus far.”
However, work did not begin on the site for the Al Wakrah stadium until two months after Ms. Hadid made those comments; and construction is not scheduled to begin until 2015. There have been no worker deaths on the Al Wakrah project and Ms. Hadid’s comments about Qatar that I quoted in the review had nothing to do with the Al Wakrah site or any of her projects.
I regret the error.
“Error” in this case should probably be pluralized.
Separately, sources hinted to The Guardian‘s Joanna Walters that a settlement amount may still be paid to Hadid. The above letter appears on both the New York Review of Books home page and at the end of the online version of Filler’s article. It will also be published in the next print issue.