Masdar City: A Critical Retrospection

Boris Brorman Jensen

Masdar City was launched to immense publicity in the presence of world leaders at the Cityscape Abu Dhabi 2007 event and can now celebrate its 8th anniversary as one of the most spectacular future eco-city models ever presented with a solemn promise of almost instantaneous implementation. Envisioned as a gesture of global leadership and based on master plans by Foster + Partners, Masdar City was conceived as a structurally advanced and technologically innovative zero carbon, zero-waste city for 50,000 residents and 50,000 daily commuters powered entirely by renewable energy. It is located at a site next to the airport in Abu Dhabi, directly plugged into a planned network of mass transportation and organized as an internal, groundbreaking, multilayered transportation system free of any fossil-fuelled vehicles.

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