Monday, November 30, 2009

Masdar, City of The Future

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Even the largest of green building projects, pale in comparison to the sheer scale and ambition of the Masdar Initiative, taking place on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates. Masdar City is to be the world's first zero waste carbon neutral city wholly sustaining itself on solar and other renewable energy sources.

While it may bear resemblance to science fiction, this clean tech 64,583,462 square foot desert utopia is fast becoming a reality, taking environmental design to a whole new level. Initiated in 2006, it was estimated that the project would take eight years to build at a cost US$22 Billion.

Architectural firm Foster & Partners were commissioned to design this multipurpose, high density new walled city and since it is going to be car free, the planning ensures that Inhabitants will never be more than 200 meters away from some form of public transport or personalized rapid transit.

In a recent interview with Carte Blanche, John Picard, sustainability expert and the man who under the Clinton administration greened the White House, expressed the belief that cities like Masdar, simply have to be the way of the future.

“I think it's going to prove to be one of the biggest ideas that we've ever come across in humanity... let's hope so right? Nature is not a bad boss either. We should be running to work for her as if our life depended on it, because it does.”

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