If Masdar Is the City of the Future…

Tobias Wallisser

New Public Space for Everyone, interview by Verb, 2012

LAVA Masdar Plaza

How do sustainability and equity, how are they related and how should we imagine the future eco-city, is that embedded within the idea of enlightenment?

If Masdar is the city of the future, it needs to have a city centre, which is also something very inspirational and it cannot be just another iconic building or convention centre as you see in the region or anywhere. So for us the idea was to make a public square. How is it possible to make a public square and out of a public square, which is accessible to everyone unlike a shopping mall? And then of course, you need a lot of technology and a lot of technical ideas to make it work.