For those of you who are in or around the US Capital city- Washington DC- I will be moderating a talk with Urban Think Tank’s Alfredo Brillembourg on the documentary Torre David, the 45-story office tower in Caracas turned “vertical slum”, on May 22nd.
The tower, built as the headquarters of the Confinanzas Group in the early 90s ,was left unfinished after the company went bankrupt in 1994. Since the year 2000, already neglected and decaying, the tower began to be taken-over and slowly inhabited by more than 700 families. it was stated that by 2007, the tower had over 2,500 people living in it.
The documentary and accompanying installation gained the golden Lyon award at the 2012 Biennale.
A couple of our FAVELissues writers have reported a bit on this:
Vertical Sites and Services (by Bethany Oppaluck)
Venice and why we should be sad (by Arqui 5)
If you are in the area, please join us as we screen the documentary and discuss the current situation of the tower, its inhabitants, as well as the accompanying work UTT has done in this regards, in the context of urban informality and urban development.
Monday May 22 from 6-45 to 9PM, @ Dupont Underground (1500 19th Street NW
Washington, DC …underground!!).
For more info, click HERE