Vertical Slum, a 50-minute video documentary, explores how architecture reflects ideology. It uses the Confinanzas Tower, also known as the Torre David, in Caracas, Venezuela as a case study of the huge social, economic and political changes of the past three decades of Venezuelan history. The building reflects the transformation from the extreme free market policies imposed by the International Monetary Fund in 1989 to the so-called socialism of the XXI century of the Hugo Chavez government.

The building of the tower was conceived and begun during the economic boom of the early 90’s but left only 60 % finished when the financial crisis hit in1994 when the structure was abandoned for a number of years. In 2008 the Confinanzas Tower was given a new life when it was transformed by housing-hungry low-income families who turned the structure into their own highly organized community.

Vertical Slum documents the history of the last 30 some years through the building from its early planning till its transformation into a vibrant social project and its dismantling and new abandonment. In the early months of 2015 the government moved the more than 5000 inhabitants out and once again left the tower empty.

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