The café in the Arsenale and the Torre David in Caracas (Photographs: Iwan Baan)
The Torre David is an unfinished and abandoned building in Caracas that was originally planned as a bank building in the 90s. Within the last five years, the never finished 45-storey Torre Confinanzas has been adopted as a home by about three thousand people. The tower isn't a slum, but a well-organised community that looks after itself with the help of the Protestant Church: there are shops, little restaurants and apartments initially furnished with cardboard are made more homely successively. Urban Think Tank studied this vertical city and brought a 'piece' of it to Venice: a lively café right in the middle of the Arsenale, with TVs in the corners and photographs of the Torre on rough brick walls, a place to meet, eat, drink and talk. The jury honoured the contribution as "as an inspirational model acknowledging the strength of informal societies".