Urbacanyon

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06_bzSituated on a plateau criss-crossed by wide labyrinthine faults like cracks in parched soil, each of these little clusters is constructed using a procedure for slicing up a new type of silicate concrete within formwork that looks like a rock. The production of this material, which is transparent from the interior of the structures, is copied from the biomineralisation used by molluscs to create their shell or by corals to construct their limestone skeleton. At the centre of the upper surface of each of these little clusters is a pool of hard water. Their walls and bases are made up of structural meshes and translucent membranes, which let in large amounts of light. All these little clusters are inter-connected by footbridges allowing pedestrians and cyclos to move at slow speeds in a calm, pastoral environment.