Have you ever heard about Masdar? The sustainable city in the middle of the dessert.

Contradictions are everywhere, and this oil country is not the exception. 17 km from Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates,  it is built a city that function only with renewable energies. The goal of this city is to have zero carbon emissions and zero waste. With a max population of 50.000 habitants, this 6 km2 of sustainable city project begun in 2006. This initiative is being built by Masdar, 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 and engineering and environmental consultancy Mott MacDonald. They established to advance the development of renewable energy and clean-technology solutions for a life beyond oil. The city project should be finish by 2025 and the total cost will be USD 19800 millions.

According to the Foster+Partners website

”The city will become a centre for the advancement of new ideas for energy production, with the ambition of attracting the highest levels of expertise. Knowledge gained here has already aided the development of Abu Dhabi’s ‘Estidama’ rating system for sustainable building.”

In this city, cars are forbidden, it’s only allow to walk or cycling. All the waste will be recycle  and the electricIty only will come from wind and solar energy. The Houses will be built under the concept to give shadow to streets and roads, so the average temperature will be 20 degrees.  Public transportation will be conducted by an electronic system, therefore they will not need a driver. The corridors will have sensors and wireless connections everywhere, and a bus stop every 100 mts, carrying up to four passengers. This system is built seven feet under the ground, so it will not interfere with the pedestrians.

This city will have the first office building in the world, that consumes less energy than it generates, the roof and walls will be cover with solar panels, and it will have devices for ventilation, cooling and light. The design of the city is led by Norman Foster.

The goal is to export green technology to another countries and that Abu Dhabi is prepared when fossil energy runs out. However, due the financial crisis, the construction has been slowing down and the initial concept was changed.

Many critics and skeptics said that Masdar is just a green point in the dessert and it is not helping to climate change. Maybe it is too soon to know, but the true is that this initiative shows that green energies can also be a profitable business without contributing to global warming.

 

@ivettemb & @jeffinergon

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