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Going green in Abu Dhabi’s desert

The world’s first zero carbon city is projected to cost the Abu Dhabi government $19 billion.

October 20, 2010 8:27 by

The desert city, Masdar, is predicted to become the home of around 50,000 residents, a major educational institute, and dozens of companies.

Designers and architects have been studying ancient Arab cities in order to explore how people used to survive without air conditioning, and are adopting the same methods: for example directing air down to street level from a tall wind tower.

The expected completion date is now delayed by at least four, but possibly up to nine, years.

Read more: Masdar to be late, smaller, and not 100 percent on-site powered; Why Masdar is about more than realty; Masdar’s mega solar deal.

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