The city of Abu Dhabi in United Arab Emirates will soon get an astonishing add-on designed by Foster & Partners – an eco-town/district called Masdar. The Masdar Initiative is ”a global cooperative platform for open engagement in the search for solutions to some of mankind’s most pressing issues: energy security, climate change and truly sustainable human development.” The city itself will be formed inside of a 6x6km2 square-shaped floor plan and will provide homes for some 50.000 people. The city will be zero-waste, zero-carbon and car-free.
– cooling: concentrated solar power
– electricity: photovoltaic (solar) panels
– water: solar-powered desalination plant
On Jan13th ”WWF and the government of Abu Dhabi launched a Sustainability Strategy to deliver the world’s greenest city – Masdar City.” The urban plan will be made according to the WWF One Planet Living sustainability standards.
“In realising the goal of a sustainable future, Masdar is committed to achieving the One Planet Living Program’s Ten Guiding Principles, covering issues that range from how waste is dealt with to the energy performance of the buildings.”
The city will be completed and fully functioning by the year of 2012.