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Jawdropping views of cozy homes built in an abandoned office tower, a lagoon, a recycling heap and more

This is really fascinating. While it could be described as ‘depressing’ because of the poor conditions that these people live in, I find it heartening that they have built homes, cozy homes despite the challenges that they face. Things are tough but they are making the best of their situation for themselves and their families. In an ideal world people wouldn’t have to live in conditions like these but our world is far from ideal…

TED Blog

In Caracas, the capital of Venezuela, nearly seventy percent of the population lives in slums that seem to drape over every corner of the city.  In Caracas, the capital of Venezuela, nearly 70 percent of the population lives in slums that appear to drape like silk over every hill of the city.

[ted_talkteaser id=1846]Iwan Baan is not as interested in what architects build as he is in the beautiful ways that people appropriate the spaces once the planners are gone. In today’s talk, Baan — whose breathtaking image of lower Manhattan after Hurricane Sandy hangs on at least one of our walls — shows incredible images from communities thriving in ways that seem quite opposite to the uniformity of suburbs. First, Baan takes us to Chandigarh, India, where people inhabit buildings created by modernist architects Le Corbusier in very different ways than expected. Then, Baan takes us to Caracas, Venezuela, where an abandoned 45-story building has become a miniature city. From there, Baan  takes us to a Nigerian slum built on water, to a…

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