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Alternative Desert Cities 1
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Alternative Desert Cities 1

Section drawing of a new housing typology that combines a vertical tower and a horizontal slab by student Yuchen ZhaoSection drawing of a new housing typology that combines a vertical tower and a horizontal slab by student Yuchen ZhaoSection drawing of a new housing typology that combines a vertical tower and a horizontal slab by student Yuchen ZhaoSection drawing of a new housing typology that combines a vertical tower and a horizontal slab by student Yuchen Zhao

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