A fictitious city named "City 17" located in the middle of an endless desert is getting repeatedly hit by sandstorms. Masses of sand are accumulating and slowly burying the buildings and the infrastructure. To stay above ground people have to keep building higher and higher. Therefore a continous building cycle with a strong vertical layering is achieved, and a fast-paced but often precarious architectural style evolves. Conflicts arise around the scarce resources, which are space and materials, but also due to the differences in planning ideas and problem solving methods of the inhabitants of the different overlapping layers.