Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.

Buy New
$45.46
Qty:1
  • List Price: $60.00
  • Save: $14.54 (24%)
Only 14 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
Torre David: Informal Ver... has been added to your Cart
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Torre David: Informal Vertical Communities Hardcover – November 25, 2012

4.9 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$45.46
$36.75 $34.98

The Smiths by Nalinee Darmrong
"The Smiths" by Nalinee Darmrong
The definitive pictorial document of The Smiths, showcasing never-before-published photographs of one of the most influential bands of the late twentieth century at the apex of its popularity. Learn more | See related books
$45.46 FREE Shipping. Only 14 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Frequently Bought Together

  • Torre David: Informal Vertical Communities
  • +
  • Beyond Shelter: Architecture and Human Dignity
Total price: $75.53
Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

From the Inside Flap

Torre David is an incomplete skyscraper in the center of the Venezuelan capital Caracas that has been occupied and reconstructed by local residents. Work on the building, named after the financial investor David Brillembourg, who died in 1993, was suspended during the Venezuelan financial crisis of 1994. After the office tower-- the third highest in Venezuela--had stood empty for many years, it was taken over by the local population in 2008. The occupants made the building their own with improvisation and skill--it is a "vertical favela," now containing not just housing but also other everyday facilities such as an improvised doctor's office, shops, and more. Photographer Iwan Baan has documented Torre David and its occupants, creating a portrait that captures the contradictions of the place while at the same time revealing urban structures that have emerged dynamically and without planning.

About the Author

ALFREDO BRILLEMBOURG was born in New York in 1961. In 1993 he founded Urban-Think Tank in Caracas, Venezuela. Since May 2010, Brillembourg holds a chair in architecture and urban design at the Swiss Institute of Technology, Zurich. HUBERT KLUMPNER was born in Salzburg in 1965. In 1998 he joined Alfredo Brillembourg as director of Urban-Think Tank in Caracas. Since 2010, Klumpner holds a chair in architecture and urban design at the Swiss Institute of Technology, Zurich.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Image
Interested in the Audiobook Edition?
If you’re the author, publisher, or rights holder of this book, let ACX help you produce the audiobook.Learn more.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Lars Muller Publishers (November 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3037782986
  • ISBN-13: 978-3037782989
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.6 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #623,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

5 star
86%
4 star
14%
3 star
0%
2 star
0%
1 star
0%
See all 7 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Incredible narratives, photos, ideas, and a very good explanation of how the Torre David came to be, and what it might become. If you watch Homeland, this is the building that plays a role in season three. I stayed up almost all night reading this book. Really one of the most interesting books I've read in years.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I was expecting a Photo book with some information on the circumstances that let a building like this to happen.
Instead I a detailed report about the building, the city, similar structures and the whole architectural concept of informal living.

The paper is not a fancy glossy one, so if you're like i was, expecting a book of nice photos you might go a little disappointed by the print. Otherwise there are some really nice pictures in it.

I have only browse through the book, and I'm going to give a detailed read later, but it seems to develop a lot in the current situation of this building and in city planning and re-thinking as well.

I recommend it more from an architectural/urbanist view then from an art/photo one.
Comment 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
really really strong analysis, thorough research, compassionate towards the people and their situation, SUPER well designed as a physical book, beautiful photography, diagrams and illustrations, hard to come by in the states, so you'll look super cool to your friends. cant recommend enough. great book.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Excellent analysis and images. The book shows you by the excelllent pictures the real way of living of the community and question the architects role in the actual society.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Torre David: Informal Vertical Communities
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
This item: Torre David: Informal Vertical Communities