The Constructed Environment’s Updates

A Peek At Life Inside In The World's Tallest Slum

Image copyright: Saúl Briceño / Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons | Article Link | by Shaunacy Ferro

In late July, police began relocating residents of Torre David, the 620-foot-tall unfinished skyscraper that thousands of squatters in Caracas, Venezuela, call home.

Alfredo Brillembourg and Hubert Klumpner, directors of the design practice Urban-Think Tank, spent more than year studying the building and its residents for what would eventually become their 2012 book, Torre David: Informal Vertical Communities. The book's photographs, by renowned architecture photographer Iwan Baan, provide a snapshot of life in the controversial community, which was often derided as a crime-ridden slum.