Justin McGuirk – Radical Cities

© Iwan Baan/UTT/Justin McGuirk

© Iwan Baan/UTT/Justin McGuirk

Towards the end of July, the government of Venezuela began to evict the residents of Torre David, an unfinished office tower in downtown Caracas, which over the last decade had been occupied by thousands of families squatting up to 28 floors in the air. In this time, the tower had become an emblem of radical, ground-up solutions to the seemingly insurmountable challenges of housing the poor of South America. Its self-organised community offered a tiny fragment of a better alternative to the discredited world of state-provided housing or the hyper-dense informal settlements encrusting the edges of Latin American cities.

full article at RIBA Journal