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Futuristic Desert Cities

Abu Dhabi’s Masdar City is Designed for Self-Sufficient Communal Living

— January 27, 2015 — Eco
Masdar City is set to be the world’s first large-scale carbon-neutral development and what makes this claim particularly incredible is the location it will occupy: the desert. Abu Dhabi’s $18 billion experiment, it is a conceptual project that focuses on self-sustaining, communal living.

Created by Italian architect Luca Curci, Masdar City is set to be the world’s first large-scale carbon-neutral development and what makes foregoes the typical grid system for a network of connected circular buildings that allows residents to share every resource from renewable energy to recycled wastewater. Curci says, "In the lower walls there are the basic components of the human settlement—apartments in the bigger structure, offices and laboratories in the medium structure. The arch contains cultural, social, and administrative infrastructure like schools, city hall, and hospitals. Below them will be water and food tanks."
Trend Themes
1. Carbon-neutral Development - Opportunities for innovation in creating large-scale, carbon-neutral developments in unique environments such as the desert.
2. Self-sustaining Living - Potential for disruptive innovation in designing communal living spaces that prioritize self-sufficiency and resource-sharing.
3. Circular Building Network - Possibilities for innovative architectural designs that connect circular buildings to optimize resource sharing and efficiency.
Industry Implications
1. Architecture and Urban Planning - Opportunities for professionals to explore new approaches to sustainable and self-sufficient urban design in unconventional locations.
2. Renewable Energy - Potential for advancements in renewable energy systems that can support carbon-neutral developments in challenging environments.
3. Water and Wastewater Management - Innovative solutions in managing water resources and recycling wastewater for sustainable living in desert environments.
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