Norman Foster Pulls Out of Saudi ‘Mega-City’ Project Over Murdered Journalist – 诺曼·福斯特撤出沙特特大城市谋杀案记者

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23 Oct 2018

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Norman Foster Pulls Out of Saudi ‘Mega-City’ Project Over Murdered Journalist

23 Oct 2018

Along with other prominent figures, the British architect has stepped down from Neom’s advisory board following Jamal Khashoggi’s death

Norman Foster. Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

Norman Foster Pulls Out of Saudi ‘Mega-City’ Project Over Murdered Journalist - 诺曼·福斯特撤出沙特特大城市谋杀案记者

Norman Foster. Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

The British architect Norman Foster has withdrawn from the advisory board of USD$500 billion Saudi Arabian ‘mega-city’ project Neom. The Saudi government has now admitted that the dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered in the Saudi Arabian embassy in Istanbul, after days of speculation and an unfolding diplomatic crisis. Saudi Arabia has blamed the killing on a ‘rogue operation’ – Turkish authorities have said that Khashoggi was murdered by Saudi operatives in the building.

A spokesperson for Foster confirmed that he had stepped down from the Neom project, which aims to build a fully-automated city in the Saudi Arabian desert, as part of the kingdom’s Vision 2030 plan to invest in renewables: ‘Last week Lord Foster wrote to the head of the Neom advisory board stating that whilst the situation remains unclear he has suspended his activities in respect of the board.’

The Neom global advisory board also listed Apple’s chief design officer Jonathan Ive, Sidewalk Labs CEO Dan Doctoroff and Carlo Ratti of MIT’s Senseable Cities Lab – Apple later claimed that Ive’s listing was incorrect, and Doctoroff also said that he had been mistakenly included. A spokesperson for Carlo Ratti said that he was monitoring the case.

Several arts institutions have been forced into reconsidering their Saudi funding, in light of Khashoggi’s death. Last week, the Brooklyn Museum and Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York announced that they were suspending Saudi sponsorship – and Columbia University cancelled a talk by Ahmed Mater, the Saudi artist and leader of the Misk Art Institute (a project supported by the Saudi crown prince.

Don’t miss Rahel Aima writing for frieze.com in May on the Saudi soft power push, and the extent to which crown prince Mohammed bin Salman’s cultural projects resembled window dressing: ‘the millennial prince wants to modernize Saudi Arabia and the media can’t get enough.’

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新闻/新闻2018年10月23日贾马尔·卡肖吉去世后,这位英国建筑师和其他知名人士一起从尼姆的顾问委员会辞职。礼貌:WikimediaCon WPA6021602IMG诺曼·福斯特。礼貌:Wikimedia Commons英国建筑师诺曼·福斯特从顾问委员会撤回了5000亿美元的沙特阿拉伯“巨型城市”项目Neom。沙特政府现已承认持不同政见记者贾马尔·哈肖吉在沙特阿拉伯驻伊斯坦布尔大使馆被谋杀,这是经过几天的猜测和正在展开的外交危机之后。沙特阿拉伯将杀戮归咎于“流氓行动”——土耳其当局说,哈肖吉被沙特阿拉伯特务人员在大楼内谋杀。福斯特的发言人证实,他已经退出了Neom项目,该项目旨在在沙特阿拉伯沙漠建立一个全自动城市,作为沙特2030年远景计划投资可再生能源的一部分。Neom全球咨询委员会还列出了苹果首席设计官乔纳森•艾夫、Sidewalk实验室首席执行官丹•多克托夫和麻省理工学院理智城市实验室的卡罗•拉蒂,苹果后来宣称,苹果公司的首席设计官乔纳森•艾夫(Jonathan Ive)、斯德沃克实验室首席执行官丹•多克托夫(Dan Doctoroff)和It的上市是不正确的,并且DOCTROOFF也说他被错误地包括在内。Carlo Ratti的发言人说他正在监视这个案子。根据Khashoggi的死,一些艺术机构被迫重新考虑他们的沙特资金。上周,纽约的布鲁克林博物馆和大都会艺术博物馆宣布暂停沙特的赞助,哥伦比亚大学取消了沙特艺术家、米斯克艺术学院院长艾哈迈德·马特的演讲。不要错过拉赫尔·艾玛五月份在沙特软实力的推动下为frieze.com撰写的文章,以及英国王储穆罕默德·本·萨尔曼的文化项目与橱窗装扮相似的程度:“千禧年王子想要使沙特阿拉伯现代化,而媒体却得不到足够的支持。”新闻/沙特阿拉伯建筑·诺曼·福斯特新闻·穆罕默德·本·萨尔曼


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