Justin McGuirk, Urban-Think Tank and Iwan Baan win best project at Venice Architecture Biennale
Dezeen Wire: architecture critic Justin McGuirk (pictured above, holding the award), photographer Iwan Bann and the Urban-Think Tank team of Venezuela (also pictured above) have won the Golden Lion for best project at the Venice Architecture Biennale for their Torre David/Gran Horizonte installation and cafe.
The project documents the Torre David vertical slum in Caracas, the 45-storey concrete frame of a corporate office building that was never completed and is now inhabited by people who would otherwise live in the city's slums.
Photographs by Iwan Baan record the culture that's grown up there while the pop-up Venezuelan restaurant, called Gran Horizonte, brings a taste of public life in Caracas to the Arsenale exhibition.
"This exhibit believes that sharing a meal is the best way to establish common ground for a discussion," says Urban-Think Tank in relation to biennale director David Chipperfield's theme (discussed in our interview here).
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