The man behind the building

They say that behind every great man is a great woman. Sounds romantic, eh? It sounds great but it is too good to be true.

They also say that behind every building project is a person, and normally the persons character is represented in the building. It sounds so romantic but unfortunately it is completely out of touch with reality.

So what is the truth then? The truth is that behind every great fortune there often is a crime. Many developers are using underpaid illegal workers in the name of profit. Bribes are handed out everywhere. The media is silenced or bought. That is, until the house of cards come crashing down.

I have often raised my eyebrows after learning that the chosen contractor at what was supposed to be a prestigious development is in fact not qualified for the job. Normally a developer would choose among the best for this kind of development, but instead the developer goes in the opposite direction. It is a warning sign, a sign that something is wrong.

The developers are primarily concerned about making profit. Can we claim that a developer’s character is represented in the building? Sometimes we can. But then we need to follow every step of the construction processes. You see, they try their very best to hide all the things that have gone wrong during the time of construction. They put up a facade so you can only see the outer layer. You have no idea of what is actually behind the facade. All this is done in the name of profit.

Developers are seldom emotionally connected to their own buildings. They are emotionally attached to money.

The project’s architect may be emotionally connected to his work. But also for the architect the end goal is to maximize the profit more than maximizing his happiness. Then again, perhaps profit equals happiness?

Why do some developers have the need to build extravagant towers. Look at me, I’m Sandra Dee. I was here, I did this. In these cases the towers are considered an extension of their ego and their manhood.

But do people really care? Who is behind MahaNakhon? Who knows and who cares? Probably just another business man. The last I heard was that private equity fund Apollo and Goldman Sachs have invested heavily in the project. In the end it is all just business. It is a way to make big money fast.

The man behind the building? Who cares.

In Bangkok there is a new industry. They call themselves property bloggers. The only problem is that they are financed by the development industry. They are not bloggers. They are arse-kissers trying to grab a piece of the pie. If you believe bloggers are supposed to tell the truth, you had better think twice!

Profit and truth are increasingly incompatible.

The man behind Apparently somebody cares.

Published 28 March 2017

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