Implementing Sustainable Cities in a Harsh Environment: Some Lessons Learned from Masdar
June 21, 2011
Masdar City in the United Arab Emirates is envisioned as the world's first carbon-neutral, zero waste, car-free city. However, the harsh, desert environment and the prevailing planning and construction practices in Abu Dhabi pose special challenges for an inherently ambitious goal.
In this program, Margaret Cederoth, AICP, discussed the specific elements of sustainable cities incorporated into the plans for Masdar and the practical methods for implementing these ambitions in the first few buildings of the city. The presentation highlighted relevant master plan elements that are the foundation for sustainability and focused on the physical expression of those elements along with basic contractual and education activities necessary to realize the vision.