Friday, May 27, 2011

Is Masdar The City Of The Future? - PSFK

Is Masdar The City Of The Future? - PSFK

A dusty construction site on the edge of an Arabian desert is an unlikely place for a model of green living. But this is Masdar City, an bn (£11bn) Norman Foster-designed project where just a few hundred people are guinea pigs in the world’s most advanced laboratory for hi-tech environmental technology.
Here, residents live with driverless electric cars, shaded streets cooled by a huge wind tower and a Big Brother-style “green policeman” monitoring their energy use.

People living in the city say they quickly get used to the technology but not the setting. “It’s quite a mind flip to be in such a strangely beautiful environment, then look out of a window and see flat dusty landscape stretching out to the horizon. It makes me feel like I’m living in a science fiction novel,” wrote Stupin.
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