Archinect - News 2014-12-19T11:48:13-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/105014387/families-removed-from-tower-of-david-skyscraper-slum Families Removed From 'Tower of David' Skyscraper Slum Archinect 2014-07-25T12:43:00-04:00 >2014-07-25T12:44:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nk/nkgnr0n6r2prg6bv.jpg" width="514" height="294" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Andre&iacute;na Contreras, a 26-year-old mother of two, lived until this week in the &ldquo;Tower of David,&rdquo; in Caracas, Venezuela, which has been described as the world&rsquo;s tallest slum, because it is situated in an abandoned skyscraper. She is among an estimated 1,150 families living in the tower who are to be removed and relocated permanently this week, seven years after the officially named Torre Confinanzas was first occupied as a result of Venezuela&rsquo;s financial crisis...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/104786875/venezuelan-government-evicts-residents-from-world-s-tallest-slum Venezuelan Government Evicts Residents From World's Tallest Slum Alexander Walter 2014-07-22T13:54:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T18:31:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/96/96d737867e120b79f415648534b6c377.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Venezuelan soldiers and officials began moving hundreds of families on Tuesday out of a half-built 45-story skyscraper that dominates the Caracas skyline and is thought to be the world's tallest slum. Residents from the "Tower of David&rdquo; were going to new homes in the town of Cua, south of Caracas [...]. President Nicolas Maduro's government has not yet said what it will do with the tower, but one local newspaper reported Chinese banks were buying it to restore to its original purpose.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/58212662/iwan-baan-presents-torre-david-gran-horizonte-in-los-angeles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Iwan Baan presents TORRE DAVID / GRAN HORIZONTE in Los Angeles</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/73093362/anywhere-but-here-deserted-banking-empire-turned-skyscraper-slum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anywhere but Here: Deserted Banking Empire turned Skyscraper Slum</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/80454817/the-world-s-tallest-slum-rare-look-at-an-illegal-ghetto-in-the-sky" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The world's tallest slum: Rare look at an illegal ghetto in the sky</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/80454817/the-world-s-tallest-slum-rare-look-at-an-illegal-ghetto-in-the-sky The world's tallest slum: Rare look at an illegal ghetto in the sky Archinect 2013-08-27T15:00:00-04:00 >2013-09-02T19:51:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z7/z77w20uimucot4qq.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Welcome to the world&rsquo;s tallest slum: poverty-ridden Venezuela&rsquo;s Tower of David. Squatters took over this very unfinished 45-story skyscraper in the early 1990s, and they&rsquo;ve been there ever since. The tower was originally intended to be a symbol of Caracas&rsquo; bright financial future, complete with a rooftop helipad, but construction stopped because of a banking crisis and the sudden death of the tower&rsquo;s namesake, David Brillembourg.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/73093362/anywhere-but-here-deserted-banking-empire-turned-skyscraper-slum Anywhere but Here: Deserted Banking Empire turned Skyscraper Slum Archinect 2013-05-13T14:04:00-04:00 >2013-05-13T14:05:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/69/69ee0fdfdab39423d61115cf812dc2ca.jpg" width="514" height="380" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It was built for stockbrokers and bankers in their thousand dollar suits to make million dollar deals, but for nearly two decades it has held the less impressive title of the world&rsquo;s tallest squat. Welcome to the Centro Financiero Confinanzas, more commonly known as the Torre David (the Tower of David) in Caracas, Venezuela, an unfinished skyscraper which has now been colonised by an ad hoc community of over 700 families.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/58212662/iwan-baan-presents-torre-david-gran-horizonte-in-los-angeles Iwan Baan presents TORRE DAVID / GRAN HORIZONTE in Los Angeles Archinect 2012-09-28T15:30:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T13:59:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j3/j33gibqk52shroea.jpg" width="514" height="370" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It's no secret that we here at Archinect have long been great admirers of Dutch architectural photographer <a href="http://www.iwan.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Iwan Baan</a>. It goes without saying that we were very excited to meet the man personally when he stopped by in Los Angeles this week.</p><p>In front of a small group of invited guests at Hollywood's Perry Rubenstein Gallery, Baan presented photos of the installation "<a href="http://www.iwan.com/photo_Venice_Biennale_2012_UTT-Iwan_Baan_Torre_David.php" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TORRE DAVID / GRAN HORIZONTE</a>" he did with Urban Think Tank and Justin McGuirk for this year's Venice Architecture Exhibition "Common Ground" &mdash; and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/56259457/toyo-ito-among-others-announced-as-golden-lion-winners-at-the-2012-venice-architecture-biennale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">won the team the Golden Lion</a> for the Best Project. The installation explores an informal and vertical community in an unfinished and abandoned skyscraper in Caracas, Venezuela (<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104903/squatting-in-the-sky" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">previously on Archinect</a>).</p><p><img alt="" title="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3q/3qt9ycuob0z3viuu.jpg"></p><p><img alt="" title="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ku/kuv9dbzc0s7x67op.jpg"></p><p>Here is a small selection of Iwan Baan's photographic exploration for "TORRE DAVID / GRAN HORIZONTE". <a href="http://www.iwan.com/photo_Venice_Biennale_2012_UTT-Iwan_Baan_Torre_David.php" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here</a> for more photos.</p><p><img alt="" title="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z7/z7zau537trcx5jzc.jpg"></p><p><em>Photo: Iwan Baan</em></p><p><img alt="" title="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/67/679vjxxt5xnv8a8e.jpg"></p><p><em>Photo: Iwan Baan</em></p><p><img alt="" title="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uo/uogt6ul36iaawlok.jpg"></p><p><em>Photo: Iwan Baan</em></p><p><img alt="" title="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uq/uqhvh097twv6n4vi.jpg"></p><p><em>Photo: Iwan Baan</em></p><p><img alt="" title="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ak/akhixfhuuysasa2m.jpg"></p><p><em>Photo: Iwan Baan</em></p><p><img alt="" title="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1h/1hx39ozvoscntuv0.jpg"></p><p><em>Photo: Iwan Baan</em></p><p><img alt="" title="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m0/m0k17u7wypg45cwc.jpg"></p><p><em>Photo: Iwan Baan</em></p><p><img alt="" title="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ij/ij321ijcv7a8f7fx.jpg"></p><p><em>Photo: Iwan Baan</em></p><p><img alt="" title="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ii/ii7tvms0n6tb8brg.jpg"></p><p><em>Photo: Iwan Baan</em></p><p><img alt="" title="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p7/p7lukgtajh632v71.jpg"></p><p><em>Photo: Iw...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/52889299/winning-entry-of-bike-path-design-contest-in-caracas-venezuela Winning Entry of Bike Path Design Contest in Caracas, Venezuela Alexander Walter 2012-07-03T14:33:00-04:00 >2012-07-05T20:14:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f6/f61dkkrru0bd1y35.jpg" width="514" height="312" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The proposal for a bike path system for Venezuela's capitol Caracas, designed by architects Andrea Hern&aacute;ndez and Cruz Criollo, has won the first prize in the competition Metropolitan Transportation System, Caracas to Pedal. The best and most innovative proposals of this competition, which seeks to promote cycling in the city, were recently awarded by the Metropolitan Mayor of Caracas.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/4972878/the-tower-of-david The Tower of David Paul Petrunia 2011-05-02T19:26:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T13:59:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/68/683c9a7aba4354aa41dd7305d792089b.jpg" width="514" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the early '90s Caracas dreamed of a shimmering downtown financial centre&mdash;now it's the tallest squat in the world</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/104903/squatting-in-the-sky Squatting in the Sky Barry Lehrman 2011-03-01T15:13:00-05:00 >2014-07-22T14:00:11-04:00 <p>The future of cities is being lived in Caracas as 2,500+ squatter occupy an unfinished 45-story tower from the 1990s.<br><br>The squatters have jury-rigged utilities up to the 28th floor - but there isn't an elevator.<br><img alt="image" src="http://files.archinect.com/uploads/ai/aiu_2011-03-02_1046.png" name="image"><br><br>The future of cities is being lived in Caracas as 2,500+ squatter occupy an unfinished 45-story tower from the 1990s.<br><br>The squatters have jury-rigged utilities up to the 28th floor - but there isn't an elevator.<br><br><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/01/world/americas/01venezuela.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NYT</a> - check out the video!</p>