Originally Posted by StephenHero
I have two distinct feelings about this house.
1. It is the most hideous, outlandish piece of narcissistic shit I've ever seen. It's a thirty story, tone deaf abortion of materiality and scale.
2. Having the audacity to build this in India, despite the fact that 580 million of your fellow countrymen don't even have access to electricity, is so blatantly unapologetic that it makes me admire the guy's way of thinking. While many people of excessive wealth like to pretend they are normal plebs, this guy is totally comfortable stating that he is in fact better than the rest of us and will not wade in mediocrity to appease those seeking political correctness. Or food.
Originally Posted by mkarim
It's just a status statement, that's all. Building it right in the center of the slums wreaks of a "fuck-you" attitude! Imagine how many of these poor people that money could have fed, clothed and educated!
I think it was a great idea, but the execution was very poor.
I really don't understand why people keep complaining about rich people not giving away their money to poor people for free. Why should anyone give money away for free, just because they have more than someone else? In my opinion, while this project is very ugly, it has probably done a lot of good for poor people as well. Imagine all the workers directly and indirectly involved in a huge 1 billion dollar project. That means that poor people learn more skills while they EARN money and feed their families. This is all possible because this one man decided to go through with this huge 1 billion dollar idea.