Dark Tower: Decay Inside Africa’s Tallest Apartment Complex
Article by Urbanist, filed under Cities & Urbanism in the Architecture category.

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The building remains inhabited with a perhaps surprisingly diverse mix of families and individuals, black and white, young and old.

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Some people initially skeptical are subsequently converted to its strange charms and convinced ultimately of its safety once they actually visit.

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In darker days, plans were pitched to turn the place into a vertical prison. Scenes from movies like Brazil and Dredd come to mind as well. In lighter and more optimistic times, developers have talked about overhauls to turn it from a dark tower to a green one.

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For now, it remains a some kind of liminal state – not as dangerous as it was, but not as luxurious as it was before that either. Some optimists see it not as an interstitial condition, but a sustainable new middle ground able to accommodate all kinds of residents.

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