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The Tulip’s design is not what makes it truly objectionable


This proposed project was simply an expression of 'conspicuous consumption' to coin a phrase from the economist Thorstein Veblen's 'The theory of the leisure class' (1899). In other words, an unnecessary, disfunctional and vacuous vanity project to 'keep up with the Joneses' or other major capital cities. If the so-called signatories to a sustainable future really want to show their 'virtue signalling' credentials, I challenge them to design and fund social housing, which might actually make a useful contribution to the triple bottom line of sustainable development in London. Or are they also reading the court room scene of Ayn Rand's novel 'The Fountainhead', and imagining themselves as Howard Roark while preparing for the new occupant of Number 11 Downing Street. Actions and not words will suffice in response to this challenge.

Posted date

17 July, 2019

Posted time

8:10 pm