Double Feature—Mumbai: Maximum City Under Pressure (India) & Torre David (Venezuela)April 23, 2017 @ 4 p.m.
Join us for a double-feature screening of two documentaries exploring living conditions in crowded cities — Mumbai: Maximum City Under Pressure (India) & Torre David (Venezuela)–presented by documentarian Markus Kneer.
Torre David, a 45-story office tower in Caracas, was almost complete when it was abandoned following the death of its developer and a national banking crisis that crippled the Venezuelan economy in 1994. Neglected for over a decade, in 2007 it became the improvised home for a community of over 800 families living in an extra-legal and tenuous occupation that many called a vertical slum.
This short documentary reveals what life was like for residents several years prior to the government’s eviction in 2014. Filmed as part of larger project by the interdisciplinary design team, Urban-Think Tank, the movie was part of a larger research and design project that resulted in a book and numerous exhibitions, including the Golden-Lion-winning exhibition at the 2012 Venice Biennale of Architecture.
Made in partnership with The Holcim Foundation and ETH Zürich, Mumbai: Maximum City Under Pressure places Mumbai as the backdrop for a new way of viewing and engaging informal settlements. Featuring interviews with experts and practitioners like Alejandro Araveña, David Chipperfield, Moshen Mostafavi, Aaron Sorkin, and Geeta Mehta among others, the documentary provides insights into a city that is struggling with rapid growth. Ultimately, cities like Mumbai provoke urgent questions about the role of architects and planners in humane urban development.
About the Director
Markus Kneer has studied philosophy and economics in Havana, Oxford and Paris, and is currently a research associate at the University of Pittsburgh. He was trained as a film director at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts; his work focuses principally on informal architecture and spatial justice.