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Old January 20th, 2013, 02:01 PM   #1
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Torre David

Torre David is about some other way of skyscraperliving. The building (or: Centro Financiero Confinanzas) started construction in 1990 but as the tower's investor died in 1993 and because of the Venezuelan banking crisis of 1994 it has been standing some 90% completed ever since. In 2007 the tower became occupied by squatters.



The other day I read this book which is the product of a 2-year research of the tower undertaken by a group of architects.

The book praises the self governing nature of the residents, and tries to establish ideas that could help them improve the conditions even further (mainly based on adding wind turbines and vertical transport)

What the book doesn't do is ask locals what they think of this tower and the way it is being used, so I went over the our Venezuela forum and asked them what they think of. Well, they all loath it, and I think they have good reasons for that.

Anyway, if you're interested in shaping your own opinion, you can read the book and that thread now.
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Old January 21st, 2013, 12:35 AM   #2
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What an interesting situation..


http://thefunambulist.net/2011/07/28...sms-structure/

It almost seems that it isn't impossible to convert this building to proper low cost housing, especially with a leftist government in Venezuela.
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Old January 21st, 2013, 10:52 PM   #3
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It is basically a vertical slum, by the looks of it.
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Old January 22nd, 2013, 02:29 AM   #4
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But as I see it, it doesn't seem to be far off from rescue.
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Old January 22nd, 2013, 03:25 PM   #5
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Converting office buildings to residences is not easy (depending on desing). Residences require much more plumbing, and very different office plans.

Wide office buildings probably wave windowless rooms or at least rooms facing corridors/internal patios, which is an horrible situation for a residential unit (it is like living on a cruise ship cabin).

Hopefully they evict all squatters and rebuild the thing when the Chavez government fades away.
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Old January 23rd, 2013, 10:42 AM   #6
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So what happened between 1994 and 2007? Did nobody ever venture there?
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Old January 23rd, 2013, 04:49 PM   #7
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The books reads the construction site was guarded, but there isn't much 2 security guards can do when a good number of squatters are banging at the door. The political context didn't allow to force these people out once they were in.
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Old January 25th, 2013, 06:06 AM   #8
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Converting office buildings to residences is not easy (depending on desing). Residences require much more plumbing, and very different office plans.

Wide office buildings probably wave windowless rooms or at least rooms facing corridors/internal patios, which is an horrible situation for a residential unit (it is like living on a cruise ship cabin).

Hopefully they evict all squatters and rebuild the thing when the Chavez government fades away.

This LA building was converted from office to residential.

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1496932
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Old January 26th, 2013, 04:16 AM   #9
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It's a shame, IT IS a vertical slum.
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Old January 26th, 2013, 08:04 AM   #10
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Here is a recent blog article on the matter.
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Old January 27th, 2013, 03:03 PM   #11
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This LA building was converted from office to residential.

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1496932
With an ugly base.

It may take a lot of work to convert a completed building from office to apartments.
The Torre David is about half way. The best way forward is just to get rid of the squatters and complete the building,
either as office or apartements for middle or higher class occupants.
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Old January 27th, 2013, 05:46 PM   #12
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Fascinating developments. It looks like an ultimate example of society in decay. As if the city is starting to be overgrown by jungle.
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