Arrival to the reliquary towers are done by Air Ship. The pollution has made landing typical aircrafts on the ground very hazardous. The exterior cladding is composed of ceramic panels similar to traditional rice grain porcelain. The towers are positioned within the interstitial spaces between abandoned buildings and are kept suspended by structural cables.
Each of the several hundred towers within the white city are assigned one of the twelve Chinese Zodiac signs (Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, or Pig). The deceased are brought to their respective facility for funerary rites. The family is greeted on the platform by a custodian and pallbearers to help carry the compostable coffin. They reach the entry of the reliquary tower by way of procession. The entrance of the structure allows for the placement of burning joss sticks.
Within the threshold is a surface that allows for the burning of ghost money as part of the commemoration tradition for the deceased. While the family prays, the coffin is lowered into the passage where the body is processed using a combination of Promession (a method of freeze drying resulting in powdered remains) and Resomation (a technique using alkaline hydrolysis resulting in a sterile liquid) procedures.
Experiments and research on bio-organic digitally fabricated hybrid vegetation is conducting in the lab of the ecologarium. Human DNA is being tested as a possible component of more resilient plants and crops. Using 3D printers and other methods of digital fabrication, composite synthetic and organic substrates are prototyped.
Some of the soil for growing is provided from the by-product of the Promession, and the irrigation is supplemented by the results of the Resomation. Once samples are produced they are inserted into planters and brought into the greenhouse chamber and rigging area of the ecologarium, ready to be deployed for environmental study.