A crowd-funded skyscraper!
We know the stories by successfully crowdfounded projects over at Kickstarter, but these were just small ideas in comparison to the one of Fidi Global. In Columbia it just happened that ordinary people crowdfunded a 66 stories tall skyscraper! This was possible through an imense media campaign via television, radio and the internet. Here is a video about pitching all those people to invest in the new BD Bacatà:
Critics claimed that it is hard for normal people to calculate the risks, but the initiators gave a lot of workshops and background information, which convinced finally more than 3.000 small investors raising $145.000.000! Is this a new way to realize construction projects? What else could be possible through the power of people? Creating whole cities or environments, where the inhabitants are the stakeholders? Another nice side-effect would be less lobbyism and more projects for the people instead for the money. Looking forward to that development and waiting for a similar try in Europe. Do you think crowd-funding could be the future for even mega projects? (Discuss over at Twitter, Facebook or Linkedin!)
Arch Daily - BD Bacatá: The World’s First Crowdfunded Skyscraper
The Atlantic Cities -Crowdfunding a Skyscraper