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The center of the exhibition is far from a didactic space. The fully functioning arepa restaurant, Gran Horizonte, acts as a traditional place to eat and create community, like those created by the inhabitants of Torre David. The exhibit also displays some breathtaking pictures by Iwan Baan that describe the thin line between everyday life and this one-of-a-kind situation, where despair and beauty coexist in every shot. The Common Ground Exhibition runs through 25 November 2012 at La Biennale.

-Cool Hunting

Sep 14

U-TT’s Torre David documentary film received a lot of attention in Venice. We’ve released the first trailer. Stay tuned to hear about where the full-length movie will playing and how you can see it.

Sep 09

The Torre David/Gran Horizonte installation won the Golden Lion. We’re honored and thankful, but we’re also looking forward to continuing the discussion on Torre David—it’s potential as a laboratory for design innovations and the role of architects in special sites like it around the world. If you have thoughts, please write it in by making a submission or comment in the slots above.

Aug 29
The Torre David/Gran Horizonte installation won the Golden Lion. We’re honored and thankful, but we’re also looking forward to continuing the discussion on Torre David—it’s potential as a laboratory for design innovations and the role of architects in special sites like it around the world. If you have thoughts, please write it in by making a submission or comment in the slots above.

Thanks to everyone who came for the first day of press previews! Arepas, drinks, and a fantastic, caracas-style thunder storm and salsa dance party…we are open.

Gracias a todos por venir a la pre- apertura para la prensa! Arepas, cerveza polar, un palo de agua y salsa cabilla… ya abrimos…. 

Aug 26
Thanks to everyone who came for the first day of press previews! Arepas, drinks, and a fantastic, caracas-style thunder storm and salsa dance party…we are open.
Gracias a todos por venir a la pre- apertura para la prensa! Arepas, cerveza polar, un palo de agua y salsa cabilla… ya abrimos…. 

Please join us for lunch in the “Torre David/Gran Horizonte” Installation and restaurant at 1pm, August 27th.  

13th International Architectural Exhibition-la Biennale di Venezia

The event will be held in the Arsenale-Corderie, featuring a short talk with participants Alfredo Brillembourg & Hubert Klumpner (Urban-Think Tank) and Iwan Baan; curator Justin McGuirk; and publisher Lars Müller.

Fresh Venezuelan food and drinks will be available!

Please see press release attached and the official website www.torredavid.com for more information on the installation. Follow @torredavid for updates and to join the discussion.

Aug 22
Please join us for lunch in the “Torre David/Gran Horizonte” Installation and restaurant at 1pm, August 27th.  
13th International Architectural Exhibition-la Biennale di Venezia
The event will be held in the Arsenale-Corderie, featuring a short talk with participants Alfredo Brillembourg & Hubert Klumpner (Urban-Think Tank) and Iwan Baan; curator Justin McGuirk; and publisher Lars Müller.
Fresh Venezuelan food and drinks will be available!
Please see press release attached and the official website www.torredavid.com for more information on the installation. Follow @torredavid for updates and to join the discussion.

Friend of U-TT, Lucy Bullivant, is coming out with a new book called Masterplanning Futures. It’s a thoroughly researched work on finding a new paradigm for how our cities are imagined, planned, designed and built. We look forward to the upcoming launches in July at both the AA of London and RIBA. Put it on your calendars! 

Jun 12
Friend of U-TT, Lucy Bullivant, is coming out with a new book called Masterplanning Futures. It’s a thoroughly researched work on finding a new paradigm for how our cities are imagined, planned, designed and built. We look forward to the upcoming launches in July at both the AA of London and RIBA. Put it on your calendars! 

The center of the exhibition is far from a didactic space. The fully functioning arepa restaurant, Gran Horizonte, acts as a traditional place to eat and create community, like those created by the inhabitants of Torre David. The exhibit also displays some breathtaking pictures by Iwan Baan that describe the thin line between everyday life and this one-of-a-kind situation, where despair and beauty coexist in every shot. The Common Ground Exhibition runs through 25 November 2012 at La Biennale.

-Cool Hunting

U-TT’s Torre David documentary film received a lot of attention in Venice. We’ve released the first trailer. Stay tuned to hear about where the full-length movie will playing and how you can see it.

"El jurado decidió reconocer "a los habitantes de Caracas y a sus familias, que han creado una nueva comunidad y una casa a partir de un edificio abandonado e incompleto (…). El jurado elogia a los arquitectos por haber reconocido la potencia de este proyecto de transformación: una comunidad espontánea ha creado una nueva casa y una nueva identidad ocupando Torre David y lo ha hecho con talento y determinación"
The jury praised the architects for recognizing the power of this transformational project. An informal community created a new home and a new identity by occupying Torre David and did so with flair and conviction. This initiative can be seen as an inspirational model acknowledging the strength of informal societies.
the jury of the 13th International Architecture Exhibition Common Ground
The Torre David/Gran Horizonte installation won the Golden Lion. We’re honored and thankful, but we’re also looking forward to continuing the discussion on Torre David—it’s potential as a laboratory for design innovations and the role of architects in special sites like it around the world. If you have thoughts, please write it in by making a submission or comment in the slots above.
The Torre David/Gran Horizonte installation won the Golden Lion. We’re honored and thankful, but we’re also looking forward to continuing the discussion on Torre David—it’s potential as a laboratory for design innovations and the role of architects in special sites like it around the world. If you have thoughts, please write it in by making a submission or comment in the slots above.

The Torre David/Gran Horizonte installation won the Golden Lion. We’re honored and thankful, but we’re also looking forward to continuing the discussion on Torre David—it’s potential as a laboratory for design innovations and the role of architects in special sites like it around the world. If you have thoughts, please write it in by making a submission or comment in the slots above.

A fine day for an opening reception!

Thanks to all who came this afternoon! It was a great opening of the exhibition. Look for the news on the book launch in a month:
http://www.lars-mueller-publishers.com/en/catalogue-architecture#torre-david

Thanks to everyone who came for the first day of press previews! Arepas, drinks, and a fantastic, caracas-style thunder storm and salsa dance party…we are open.
Gracias a todos por venir a la pre- apertura para la prensa! Arepas, cerveza polar, un palo de agua y salsa cabilla… ya abrimos…. 
Thanks to everyone who came for the first day of press previews! Arepas, drinks, and a fantastic, caracas-style thunder storm and salsa dance party…we are open.
Gracias a todos por venir a la pre- apertura para la prensa! Arepas, cerveza polar, un palo de agua y salsa cabilla… ya abrimos…. 

Thanks to everyone who came for the first day of press previews! Arepas, drinks, and a fantastic, caracas-style thunder storm and salsa dance party…we are open.

Gracias a todos por venir a la pre- apertura para la prensa! Arepas, cerveza polar, un palo de agua y salsa cabilla… ya abrimos…. 

Please join us for lunch in the “Torre David/Gran Horizonte” Installation and restaurant at 1pm, August 27th.  
13th International Architectural Exhibition-la Biennale di Venezia
The event will be held in the Arsenale-Corderie, featuring a short talk with participants Alfredo Brillembourg & Hubert Klumpner (Urban-Think Tank) and Iwan Baan; curator Justin McGuirk; and publisher Lars Müller.
Fresh Venezuelan food and drinks will be available!
Please see press release attached and the official website www.torredavid.com for more information on the installation. Follow @torredavid for updates and to join the discussion.
Please join us for lunch in the “Torre David/Gran Horizonte” Installation and restaurant at 1pm, August 27th.  
13th International Architectural Exhibition-la Biennale di Venezia
The event will be held in the Arsenale-Corderie, featuring a short talk with participants Alfredo Brillembourg & Hubert Klumpner (Urban-Think Tank) and Iwan Baan; curator Justin McGuirk; and publisher Lars Müller.
Fresh Venezuelan food and drinks will be available!
Please see press release attached and the official website www.torredavid.com for more information on the installation. Follow @torredavid for updates and to join the discussion.

Please join us for lunch in the “Torre David/Gran Horizonte” Installation and restaurant at 1pm, August 27th.  

13th International Architectural Exhibition-la Biennale di Venezia

The event will be held in the Arsenale-Corderie, featuring a short talk with participants Alfredo Brillembourg & Hubert Klumpner (Urban-Think Tank) and Iwan Baan; curator Justin McGuirk; and publisher Lars Müller.

Fresh Venezuelan food and drinks will be available!

Please see press release attached and the official website www.torredavid.com for more information on the installation. Follow @torredavid for updates and to join the discussion.

Friend of U-TT, Lucy Bullivant, is coming out with a new book called Masterplanning Futures. It’s a thoroughly researched work on finding a new paradigm for how our cities are imagined, planned, designed and built. We look forward to the upcoming launches in July at both the AA of London and RIBA. Put it on your calendars! 

Friend of U-TT, Lucy Bullivant, is coming out with a new book called Masterplanning Futures. It’s a thoroughly researched work on finding a new paradigm for how our cities are imagined, planned, designed and built. We look forward to the upcoming launches in July at both the AA of London and RIBA. Put it on your calendars!