Foster + Partners has created a master plan for a massive and bold 6 million square meter sustainable development near Abu Dhabi called Masdar. Driven by the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, Masdar will be a zero carbon, zero waste community, one that will be entirely car free.
It will be the first city of its kind in the world, if things go according to plans. Within the walls of the city will be a new university, Future Energy Company's HQs, an Innovation Center, and special economic zones.
The mixed-use, high-density city aims to be a center for new ideas on producing energy. With narrow walkways and shaded streets, occupants will be able to access transportation nodes with relative ease.
And because the city is densely planned, the surrounding land will be used for wind + solar farms and research fields. It's a lofty plan with big aspirations, which we'll watch with interest.