City of the Future?

WBUR’s [NPR] On Point looks at Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s ‘City of the Future’.

“In Arabic, the word Masdar means ‘the source’. And right now, the desert outside Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, is the source of a budding green revolution. Construction is underway for Masdar City, a high-tech metropolis that will be home to 50,000 residents –and be the world’s first city with no carbon footprint. No cars. Zero waste. A truly green metropolis.”

.:On Point->via WBUR

Posted: August 4th, 2009
at 10:21pm by orangemenace

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  1. So, someone finally calls in and mentions this towards the end of the shot – but why so cynical? Jane Clayson continuously goes back to the guest from Tech Watch, asking him to refute claims of the city – or at least throw cold water on the hype.

    I mean, Masdar isn’t about Abu Dhabi making the rest of us look bad – it’s about learning through doing, which could potentially benefit all of us in different ways. Many aspects of Masdar will be applicable to existing cities – and many more will be great for ‘new towns’ across the globe. Will some ideas fail? Of course – but failure will also be a worthwhile learning experience.

    Anyways, I miss Tom Ashbrook…


    6 Aug 09 at 9:09 am



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