Inside the World’s Tallest Slum: Venezuela’s Tower of David

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What was once a symbol of ’ bright financial future is now the world’s tallest slum: ’s Tower of David. Squatters took over this unfinished 45-story skyscraper in the early 1990s, after its construction was stopped due to a banking crisis and the sudden death of the tower’s namesake, David Brillembourg.

Now, as the government is grappling with a citywide housing shortage, many residents have spent most of their life within the walls of David. And despite the tower’s reputation as being a hotbed of crime, residents have managed to build a self-sustaining community complete with a communal electrical grid and aqueduct water system.

Few cameras have been allowed into the depths of the tower, so watch as Vocativ captures a rare in-depth access to residents’ daily lives.

Seen first on The Atlantic Cities

Cite: Rosenfield, Karissa. "Inside the World’s Tallest Slum: Venezuela’s Tower of David" 24 Aug 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 23 Sep 2014. <>


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