Gone are the days when a city was left to generations of utility to construct it in random fits and starts as urban planners set their sights on bringing their visions of future needs to fruition. Such is the case with Masdar, the sustainable city set to rise in the UAE by 2016.
The winning design entry was submitted by the Laboratory for Visionary Architecture and features enormous movable sunflower umbrellas to regulate daytime and nighttime temperatures and reducing the cooling needs of sheltered building, a rainwater capture system capable of hold a fifty-year supply of water, and hydroponic gardens watered with grey water from the city’s buildings.
And forget those dark alleys as well; this city also incorporates to mirrors to reflect sunlight into shaded passages, giving everything a brighter aspect.
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