#Masdar: The City of the Future

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Masdar City is a project in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates. Its core is a planned city, which is being built by the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, a subsidiary of Mubadala Development Company, with the majority of seed capital provided by the government of Abu Dhabi. Designed by the British architectural firm Foster and Partners, the city will rely entirely on solar energy and other renewable energy sources, with a sustainable, zero-carbon, zero-waste ecology.

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Solving the issues of urbanity – Masdar City is innovative in its introduction of multiple systems integrated to form a truly sustainable outcome. Ideas which we may borrow for our less sustainable existing counterparts. Source: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2010/09/26/arts/design/26masdar-graphic.html?ref=design

 

Masdar, une cité verte au pays de l’or noir – Doc complet

 

Le projet confié par l’Emirat d’Abu Dhabi à Norman Foster relève du défi : le cabinet du célèbre architecte a pour mission d’ériger, au beau milieu du golfe persique, une ville écologique modèle de six millions de mètres carrés, capable d’accueillir 50 000 personnes. Le budget dédié à ce vaste projet, entamé en 2008, est lui aussi pharaonique : il s’élève à 10 milliards de dollars. Baptisée Masdar, cette cité verte doit permettre au pays de l’or noir de préparer l’après-pétrole. Cette transition vers l’indépendance énergétique passe par la construction de la plus grande ferme photovoltaïque au monde et la conception d’un système de recyclage de l’eau ultrasophistiqué. Pas à pas, retour sur la naissance de cette cité du futur, jusqu’à l’ouverture de l’université, du métro et du parc de voitures électriques.


Resources:
ArchDaily. “Masdar Institute / Foster + Partners”. (23 November 2010). Retrieved online on 27 April 2014 from:http://www.archdaily.com/91228/masdar-institute-foster-partners/

Masdar City. “Sustainability and the City”. (2011). Retrieved online on 27 April 2014 from:
http://masdarcity.ae/en/27/what-is-masdar-city-/

Laurence Crot. “Planning for Sustainability in Non-democratic Policies: The Case of Masdar City”, <em “mso-bidi-font-style:=”” normal”=””>Urban Studies 50:13 (October 2013): 2810 – 2826.

Shawn Lindabury and Brian Stilwell. “Masdar – Evaluating the World’s Most Sustainable City”, (December 2008). Retrieved online on 27 April 2014 from: https://courses.cit.cornell.edu/crp384/2008reports/07MASDAR.pdf

Zachary Shahan. “Masdar City – Does It A Bright Future?”. (2014). Retrieved online on 27 April 2014 from:
http://cleantechnica.com/2013/03/20/masdar-city-does-it-have-a-bright-future/

 

 

 

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