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Alternative Desert Cities 1
Pniak Model

Alternative Desert Cities 1

Model of a collection of self generated housing masses along the unused areas around the airport by student Nika PniakModel of a collection of self generated housing masses along the unused areas around the airport by student Nika PniakModel of a collection of self generated housing masses along the unused areas around the airport by student Nika PniakModel of a collection of self generated housing masses along the unused areas around the airport by student Nika Pniak

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