Caracas in three dimensions / Caracas en tres dimensiones

How do you cram four million people in a tiny valley? The answer lies in the vertical dimension. Caracas, the capital city of Venezuela, grows vertically.

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A view from Torre Andres Bello of some iconic Caracas Towers

Torre Capriles, Torre Phelps y Edificio Polar, Plaza Venezuela, Caracas (October 1991).

(English text follows below) Cómo se acomodan cuatro millones de habitantes en un valle estrecho de venticinco kilómetros de largo y once de ancho? La respuesta está en la tercera dimensión. La verticalidad de Caracas pasa desapercibida por sus habitantes, por ser parte de su cotidianidad. Pero todo visitante de la capital de Venezuela, nacional o extranjero, se percata de la preponderancia del edificio y de la torre como la solución natural al problema de espacio. Las edificaciones crecen hacia el cielo, cinco, diez, veinte pisos. Casas y casitas se adueñan de las colinas del valle y se erigen sobre terrenos impensables.  Los caraqueños viven y trabajan en las alturas. Una montaña de dos mil cien metros de alto permanece relativamente a salvo de la acción humana, pero por cuánto tiempo más?. El Avila es testigo, silencioso e impávido, del crecimiento desbordado de la ciudad *

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How do you cram 4 million people in a tiny valley,15 miles long and 7 miles wide? The answer lies in the third dimension. Caracas’ love for vertical spaces is not noticed by its inhabitants, because that love is part of their day-to-day. But every visitor to Venezuela’s capital, from abroad or otherwise, will quickly realize that buildings and towers became the solution for the problem of lack of space.  Constructions of five, ten or twenty floors high are just the norm. Houses, big and small, take over hills and are erected on difficult, steep terrain. “Caraqueños” live and work up in the heights. A 6500 ft mountain remains relatively intact from human invasion, but for how much longer?  The Avila mountain serves as an impassive witness of the uncontrolled city sprouting *

A view from Torre Andres Bello of some iconic Caracas Towers

Author: Constantino

A Chemical Engineer born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. He has worked for the oil refining industry in threes countries under different capacities. With photography and writing as hobbies, he has traveled the world (and has still to settle somewhere). Loves movies, Latin Jazz, black coffee and red wine... Kampai!

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