Ingenious homes in unexpected places

Iwan Baan explores the resourcefulness of informal communities around the world

In his TED talk, photographer Iwan Baan shows how people build homes in unlikely places, touring us through the family apartments of Torre David, unfinished, abandoned skyscraper in Caracas, a city on the water in Nigeria, and an underground village in China. Stunning images celebrate humanity’s ability to survive and make a home, just about anywhere. The lecture was received with mixed reviews, from heartwarming to condescending, but opens a window to these stigmatized spaces that are commonly dismissed as blight and rarely understood for their resourceful qualities.

Main image: Courtesy TED

Ingenious homes in unexpected places

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