Slum Lifting at the Venice Architecture Biennale
In 2008, the director of the Architecture Biennale of Venice, Aaron Betsky, invited Urban-Think Tank to participate in the “Experimental” section of the exhibition. U-TT’s installation aimed to insert the discourse of Caracas’s streets into the show, displaying a mix of political propoganda posters taken from city walls along with U-TT’s own satirical design advertisements.
The message was clear: cities are political spaces, especially in the hyper-polarized Venezuelan context. With themes such as oil-funded infrastructure, a housing shortage, informal densification, and the appropriation of unused space, U-TT’s installation confronted viewers with an intense reality that demanded both a critical perspective and civic activism.