I learned a new word today: narcotecture.
It is used to describe the ornate mansions being built by Afghani businessmen who've made a fortune selling heroin.
Apparently, Afghanistan is the leading supplier of opium (heroin) in the world and the drug trade makes up one third of the Afghan economy. Far from the Taliban war that grabs headlines is a city called Herat that is quickly becoming the rich man's residence of choice. While not all of the city's economy is based on opium, construction has proven to be a good way to "invest" money born from drugs and guns, and thus the building trade is booming.
Monocle has the full story and accompanying slideshow.