ADC2
Alternative Desert Cities 2
Kim River Housing Study

Alternative Desert Cities 2

Initial study sketch for terraced housing units within the Salt River wash in Phoenix by student Cecile KimInitial study sketch for terraced housing units within the Salt River wash in Phoenix by student Cecile KimInitial study sketch for terraced housing units within the Salt River wash in Phoenix by student Cecile KimInitial study sketch for terraced housing units within the Salt River wash in Phoenix by student Cecile Kim

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The RACA project must meet two demands: A. REFLECTION (museum) or B. CONTINUATION (practice + addition). The current program and its stagnancy has left the site forgotten—it is a typical static museum on a living site. The site and addition must constantly change through the participation of people.
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