So it begins, the great farce of our time. A friend of mine just sent me a link to a Time Magazine article about a group of architects who want to crowdfund a project to build a real life example of Minas Tirith in England. The goal is at £1,850,000,000 (~$2,900,000,000), and the highest level of donation at £100,000 grants you a lordship in the city.

Here are some of the project’s insanely lofty goals.

  • We all share a love of Tolkien’s work, and a desire to challenge the common perception of community and architecture. We believe that, in realising Minas Tirith, we can create not only the most remarkable tourist attraction on the planet, but also a wonderfully unique place to live and work.
  • We aim to create both residential and commercial properties, allowing for sustainable growth and a high quality of life. Residential properties will be categorised by tier, quality and size.
  • Tiers vary from 1-5, quality varies from 2-5 stars, with the higher star denoting higher quality, and size varies from 1-4 bedrooms. A “3.4.2 property”, for instance, would be located in the 3rd tier of the city, be of a 4 star quality and have 2 bedrooms - perfect for a young family.

Incidentally, they want to build the city based on Peter Jackson’s movies, which would mean that they would probably have to pay a licensing fee if it ever got funded.

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I dare not endorse such a reckless use of money, but here’s the Indiegogo page if you want to take a look.