Torre David, Venice Biennale 2012 – UTT, Iwan Baan

“TORRE DAVID / GRAN HORIZONTE”

Explores an informal and vertical community in Caracas, Venezuela at the 13th International Architectural Exhibition-la Biennale di Venezia

Urban-Think Tank, Alfredo Brillembourg & Hubert Klumpner (D-ARCH/ETH Zurich) – Iwan Baan
Exhibit Curator: Justin McGuirk

It won the Golden Lion for the Best Project of the International Exhibition Common Ground
The Golden Lion for the Best Project embodying the theme of Common Ground goes to Torre David / Gran Horizonte by Urban-Think Tank (Alfredo Brillenbourg, Hubert Klumpner) Justin McGuirk, Iwan Baan and to the people of Caracas and their families who created a new community and a home out of an abandoned and unfinished building.
The jury praised the architects for recognizing the power of this transformational project. An informal community created a new home and a new identity by occupying Torre David and did so with flair and conviction. This initiative can be seen as an inspirational model acknowledging the strength of informal societies.

The New York Times: The 13th Venice Architecture Biennale makes a nod to urbanism and collaboration, though big-name designers hog much of the spotlight.

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