In 1993, Venezuelan businessman David Brillembourg died leaving behind him an unfinished skyscraper intended to be the third highest building in Caracas. The building’s official title is Edificio Confinanzas but it is better known as David’s Tower. After Brillembourg’s death his business went to the wall and the building lay empty for 14 years.
Venezuela has a huge problem with shortage of living accommodation, many thousands of people are homeless not only due to poverty but also as a result of frequent floods.
In 2007, local families in Caracas, desperate for a place to live, began to move into the giant skyscraper. Now c. 2,500 people live as squatters in this building.
Surely if there is something we all deserve to ‘occupy’ it has to be living space?
Have a look at this fantastic series of photographs from Foreign Policy here –
- Chavez struggles to fix Venezuela’s housing crisis (seattletimes.nwsource.com)