Vertical Slum

Vertical Slum

Torre David, a 45-story office tower in Caracas designed by the distinguished Venezuelan architect Enrique Gómez, was almost complete when it was abandoned following the death of its developer, David Brillembourg, in 1993 and the collapse of the Venezuelan economy in 1994. Today, it is the improvised home of a community of more than 750 families, living in an extra-legal and tenuous occupation that some have called a vertical slum.

Where some only see a failed development project, U-TT has conceived it as a laboratory for the study of informal vertical communities.They argue that the future of urban development lies in collaboration among architects, private enterprise, and the global population of slum-dwellers.

For more see: http://torredavid.com/

La Torre de David (2)