Mumbai skyscraper touted as way to rehabilitate slum. Not.

This dazzling building won honorable mention in a skyscaper contest. Yes, it’s quite amazing, with an open air, interconnected environments. But it’s being touted as a way to regenerate and reinvigorate the massive Dharavia slum in Mumbai. And that’s the problem I have with such massive structures being plopped down in distressed areas. Most of the poor there would be forced to relocate during¬†construction, rents would soar once the building was built, and any remaining poor would have to pass through security checks in the building when going to their menial jobs inside it. Such buildings are meant for the wealthy, are built like fortresses, and do nothing to alievate slum conditions except to push the poor elsewhere. It might as well being a starship filled with space aliens landing in a slum for all the good it will do for the current inhabitants.

One comment

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.