Masdar Initiative - the world's first zero carbon, zero waste city – Foster and Partners

Posted Saturday, February 14, 2009 by SixSevenEightNine in Labels: ,

With numerous green master plan popping out, United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi will be embarking on an ambitious plan. Reported in 2007, it’s interesting as it does not only involve green energy but also infrastructure and is going to be a centre for new ideas of energy production. Residents will only have to walk 200m to the nearest transport link and amenities. Compact network of streets and shaded walkways will encourage people to travel via foot. If only they could include the production of food to make the whole scheme more holistic, this city is definitely one to watch out for.
The project involves a six million square meter sustainable development that will combine traditional planning principals of a walled city with existing technologies. The concept by Foster + Partners is a dense and car free city. A large photovoltaic solar plant will be constructed to supply the city with energy. Created as a result of the Masdar Initiative, which identified an evolution in global technology and a shift to new energy sources, the initiative “aims to play a unique role in that evolution – representing a leading Middle Eastern oil-producing nation that is pro-actively engaging the world’s best minds and organizations to envision a cleaner, more sustainable future.”
Norman Foster from Foster + Partners said the “environmental ambitions of the Masdar Initiative – zero carbon and waste free – are a world first. They have provided us with a challenging design brief that promises to question conventional urban wisdom at a fundamental level. Masdar promises to set new benchmarks for the sustainable city of the future.” It will be a center for the creation of new ideas for energy production and set a precedent for urban development in the Middle East for the future.

Via Foster + Partners...


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