ADC2
Alternative Desert Cities 2
Zhong Urban Perspective

Alternative Desert Cities 2

Perspective of a series of towers and landscaped connections above the desert floor of Phoenix by student Xingyu ZhongPerspective of a series of towers and landscaped connections above the desert floor of Phoenix by student Xingyu ZhongPerspective of a series of towers and landscaped connections above the desert floor of Phoenix by student Xingyu ZhongPerspective of a series of towers and landscaped connections above the desert floor of Phoenix by student Xingyu Zhong

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