Torre David Project Exhibition wins Golden Lion at Venice Biennale 2012

The exhibition of the 'Torre David' project has been awarded the Golden Lion for the Best Project of the Common Ground Exhibition at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia 2012. The project and exhibition was led by Urban-Think Tank (Alfredo Brillembourg & Hubert Klumpner – ETH Zürich). As part of the project, the SuAT team has contributed extensive research, analysis and concepts on energy usage, employment of renewable energy sources at the site, vertical mobility and integrated architectural design. Congratulations to all participants!

Look out for the forthcoming book: Torre David: Informal Vertical Communities, published by Lars Mueller Publishers, also including the contributions of SuAT.

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Image credits: Iwan Baan / SuAT

From the press release by U-TT:

"Torre David, a 45-story office tower in Caracas designed by the distinguished Venezuelan architect Enrique Gómez, was almost complete when it was abandoned following the death of its developer, David Brillembourg, in 1993 and the collapse of the Venezuelan economy in 1994. Today, it is the improvised home of a community of more than 750 families, living in an extra-legal and tenuous occupation that some have called a vertical slum.

Alfredo Brillembourg and Hubert Klumpner, along with their research and design teams at ETH Zürich and Urban-Think Tank, spent a year studying the physical and social organization of this ruin-turned-home. Where some only see a failed development project, U-TT has conceived it as a laboratory for the study of the informal. In their “Torre David / Grand Horizonte” exhibit and in their forthcoming book, Torre David: Informal Vertical Communities, the architects lay out their vision for practical, sustainable interventions in Torre David and similar informal settlements around the world. They argue that the future of urban development lies in collaboration among architects, private enterprise, and the global population of slum-dwellers. Brillembourg and Klumpner issue a call to arms to their fellow architects to see in the informal settlements of the world a potential for innovation and experimentation, with the goal of putting design in the service of a more equitable and sustainable future."