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Documentary On Torre David, Once The World's Tallest Slum, Released Online

Documentary On Torre David, Once The World's Tallest Slum, Released Online

In 1994, after the death of its main investor and a national banking crisis that left Venezuela's economy stagnated, the construction of Caracas' Centro Financiero Confinanzas - known popularly as the Tower of David - was paralyzed, leaving the building completely abandoned and on 70 percent complete.

Neglected for more than a decade, the 45-story, 190-meter-tall skyscraper became the makeshift home for a community of more than 800 families, becoming the world's tallest "vertically organized favela," with basic services to the 22nd floor and including even barber shops, kindergartens and dentists.

The documentary Torre David (now available to watch in full for a small fee of $3) was filmed by Urban-Think Tank, presenting the particular life of its residents before the tower was evacuated in 2014. The film is part of a larger research project that has led to new a book and numerous exhibitions, including the exhibition winner of the Golden Lion at the 2012 Venice Biennale.

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Cite: Franco, José Tomás. "Documentary On Torre David, Once The World's Tallest Slum, Released Online" [Ya puedes ver el documental completo sobre la emblemática "Torre de David" de Caracas] 28 Oct 2015. ArchDaily. (Trans. Rosenfield, Karissa) Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/776185/documentary-on-torre-david-once-the-worlds-tallest-slum-released-online> ISSN 0719-8884

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