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Product details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Lars Müller (31 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3037782986
  • ISBN-13: 978-3037782989
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 4 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 239,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Torre David is an incomplete skyscraper in the center of the Venezuelan capital Caracas that has been occupied and reconstructed by local residents. Work on the building, named after the financial investor David Brillembourg, who died in 1993, was suspended during the Venezuelan financial crisis of 1994. After the office tower-- the third highest in Venezuela--had stood empty for many years, it was taken over by the local population in 2008. The occupants made the building their own with improvisation and skill--it is a "vertical favela," now containing not just housing but also other everyday facilities such as an improvised doctor's office, shops, and more. Photographer Iwan Baan has documented Torre David and its occupants, creating a portrait that captures the contradictions of the place while at the same time revealing urban structures that have emerged dynamically and without planning.

About the Author

ALFREDO BRILLEMBOURG was born in New York in 1961. In 1993 he founded Urban-Think Tank in Caracas, Venezuela. Since May 2010, Brillembourg holds a chair in architecture and urban design at the Swiss Institute of Technology, Zurich. HUBERT KLUMPNER was born in Salzburg in 1965. In 1998 he joined Alfredo Brillembourg as director of Urban-Think Tank in Caracas. Since 2010, Klumpner holds a chair in architecture and urban design at the Swiss Institute of Technology, Zurich.


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Bought this as a present for the missus at Christmas after getting many hints about it. I haven't read it, but she loves it and it sounds very intriguing from what she has explained to me. Not just one for the coffee table either, its apparently very interesting to read.
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I bought the book for it's photography (fellow countyman Iwan Baan) but was pleasantly surprized by the coverage and analysis of how the community originated and developed. Homegrown infrastructure and all.
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Amazon.com: 4.9 out of 5 stars 7 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars SUPER well designed as a physical book 14 Mar. 2015
By Alexander Huddleston - Published on Amazon.com
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really really strong analysis, thorough research, compassionate towards the people and their situation, SUPER well designed as a physical book, beautiful photography, diagrams and illustrations, hard to come by in the states, so you'll look super cool to your friends. cant recommend enough. great book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very rich approach to a modern phenomena. 10 April 2013
By onon77 - Published on Amazon.com
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I was expecting a Photo book with some information on the circumstances that let a building like this to happen.
Instead I a detailed report about the building, the city, similar structures and the whole architectural concept of informal living.

The paper is not a fancy glossy one, so if you're like i was, expecting a book of nice photos you might go a little disappointed by the print. Otherwise there are some really nice pictures in it.

I have only browse through the book, and I'm going to give a detailed read later, but it seems to develop a lot in the current situation of this building and in city planning and re-thinking as well.

I recommend it more from an architectural/urbanist view then from an art/photo one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read for all planner nerds! 25 Nov. 2013
By Matteo - Published on Amazon.com
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Incredible narratives, photos, ideas, and a very good explanation of how the Torre David came to be, and what it might become. If you watch Homeland, this is the building that plays a role in season three. I stayed up almost all night reading this book. Really one of the most interesting books I've read in years.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent analysis and images. 12 April 2014
By Maria Cristina Rojas - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent analysis and images. The book shows you by the excelllent pictures the real way of living of the community and question the architects role in the actual society.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 17 Oct. 2015
By Stephanie Tung - Published on Amazon.com
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Very interesting case study on informal architecture
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