Italo Calvino’s Zenobia

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Now I shall tell of the city of Zenobia, which is wonderful in this fashion: though set on dry terrain it stands on high pilings, and the houses are of bamboo and zinc, with many platforms and balconies placed on stilts at various heights, crossing one another, linked by ladders and hanging sidewalks, surmounted by cone-roofed belvederes, barrels storing water, weather vanes, jutting pulleys, and fish poles, and cranes.

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By inspiration of Italo Calvino’s Zenobia, the experiment on fitting it in a precise location would be a crazy and interesting idea. ‘Will it be localized?’, we found that there is similar structure with the temporary building bamboo structure in Hong Kong. It would be cool if there was a massive structure of Zenobia were located in Mong Kok, a paradise of low-income and bleeding ground of poor.

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