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Deserts sprouting green cities….

Posted in Models, Research, Visions by fedwards on January 22nd, 2008

Find below an abstract from the article, “UAE About to Start Building Green City in Desert” by Simon Webb posted on The story describes how a new green city is being built from scratch in United Arab Emirates. Read on for more details.

UAE About to Start Building Green City in Desert
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: January 18, 2008
DUBAI – The United Arab Emirates plans to start building a multi-billion-dollar green city in the desert in the first quarter of this year, as the oil producer looks to become a pioneer of alternative energy.

The zero-carbon, zero waste city — actually a town of up to 15,000 residents — is being steered by Masdar, an initiative set up by the Abu Dhabi government to develop sustainable and clean energy. It is one of a string of projects that the world’s fifth-largest oil exporter is eyeing as it looks to reduce some the world’s highest per capita greenhouse gas emissions, Masdar’s Chief Executive Sultan al-Jaber told Reuters.

“We will break ground on the city in the first quarter,” Jaber said.

Taking old cities from the Arab world as inspiration, the plans show narrow streets, squat buildings and no cars. Solar panels will act as awnings to shelter pedestrians from the sun.

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2 Responses to “Deserts sprouting green cities….”

  1. admin Says:

    January 22nd, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    There’s been some more recent stories about this green development in the desert. See the story in the Planet Art website, Do any architects have any comments about the viability of this project?

  2. holicon Says:

    June 16th, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    The challenge in the gulf is not to build green but to build smart.Is there a need for a walled city and who is going to occupy it.If there is a need what about vacant building stock..starting from scratch although is an easy solution may not be the most honest approach