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Old December 26th, 2009, 04:01 AM   #21
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Old December 27th, 2009, 11:00 PM   #22
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Best project I have heard from in the Middle East. This is so damn incredible, especially in case it should really succeed. In my opinion, this is far better than anything Dubai came up with so far, at least from the projects I am aware of.

Finally someone thought about it how a clever city of the future looks for a desert climate instead of just putting cool looking but terribly unsuitable glass towers into the burning sun.

It would be terrible if it is not going to be realized in such a revolutionary sustainable way as envisioned. I mean they have built tons of irrational skyscrapers in the region but when there is a really cool revolutionary project for once it is endangered. Sad, even though I can understand it somewhat given the current economic climate. I just hope that in a few years when the economic climate is better again they are still going for it.
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Old December 30th, 2009, 01:24 AM   #23
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Reading some breaking news in a Norwegian newspaper. Cannot find a English article about it yet.

It sais Masdar City has been cancelled, can anyone confirm this?

In detail it sais that they will go ahead with one small commercial part of the project, but it won't be a zero carbon and zero waste project anymore, the technology is just not there yet. The financial situation is been blamed the most. Financing the project is not a problem, but few people have any interest in moving into the city as it is now.

Sad news...
I don't buy that for a second.

If this was true why hasn't it been in any other news articles in nearly a week? Why is construction still steaming ahead? and thirdly, why are contracts still being handed out?

This will be that last project that Abu Dhabi will want to cancel/scale back. This has been publicised to the extreme now the whole world is watching. It would be a humiliation to the Abu Dhabi government if they decided to hold back on this project now.
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Old December 30th, 2009, 01:32 AM   #24
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Cancel gigantic environmental project
- The carbon neutral city of Masdar City will not be built, said the Norwegian Embassy in Abu Dhabi.

Sheikhdom Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates would invest 22 billion to build Masdar City. The city, which was designed by the renowned British architect Lord Norman Foster, was driven solely by energy from solar, wind and waste.

Sun, wind and waste
82 percent of energy needs should be collected from solar energy, one percent from wind power and the remaining 17 percent would come from the composted food waste.

The city should be free of cars, and water consumption would be half of current consumption in Abu Dhabi. The first reason the work of the new Masdar City commenced in February, and it should have been completed in 2016.

But now, reports the Norwegian Embassy in Abu Dhabi that the company Masdar finally collected by the financial realities and that it will not be set aside 20-22 billion as previously announced.

- The plans shelved
In a letter to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Petroleum and Energy writes Special Envoy Gunnar Gjerde that one now sees that it will be possible to get 50 000 people to settle in the city in the wake of the financial crisis.

- In the future it might happen, but not by 2016. There is thus a slower development pace of Masdar city, and one concentrating now on development of the commercial section, it says in the letter.

Gjerde also affirm that the city will not be carbon neutral.

- They have also come to realize that the city will not be able to be carb-neutral. There is simply no technology that allows it. Based on this insight change, therefore the strategy, and would rather focus on selected technologies and do not go as wide as previously thought. One thinks also that the technologies to be applied in Abu Dhabi in general, and not just isolated to Masdar city, he writes.

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The project is now shelved had unusual dimensions. Six square miles of desert sand 30 kilometer outside the city of Abu Dhabi would be the construction site the next six years.

The city was 50 000 people and 1,500 small businesses and large multinational corporations to keep, and not from any point in the city should be more than 200 feet to a station for electric trains. The large energy company Masdar would also use CO2 capture as compensation for the CO2 emissions that occurred during the construction. In his speech writing Gjerde that there are many opportunities for Norwegian companies in renewable energy in Abu Dhabi.

But it may still be some opportunities in smart solutions for electricity networks, energy efficiency, solar cell production and carbon capture.
Someone in the Norwegian embassy had a little too much to drink at the desert safari trip!!
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Old December 30th, 2009, 01:46 AM   #25
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its very strange indeed, why would a embassy give that kind of information? and if its not true, double why? !
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Old December 30th, 2009, 10:16 PM   #26
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Yet another news video.




I don't buy that for a second.

If this was true why hasn't it been in any other news articles in nearly a week? Why is construction still steaming ahead? and thirdly, why are contracts still being handed out?

This will be that last project that Abu Dhabi will want to cancel/scale back. This has been publicised to the extreme now the whole world is watching. It would be a humiliation to the Abu Dhabi government if they decided to hold back on this project now.
I sincerely hope you are right and that they are really going for the real deal. It would be so breathtaking to get a 21st century desert town, that features so much that many Dubai developments completely lack.
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Old December 30th, 2009, 10:24 PM   #27
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Wrong

Dubai plans a city (Muhammed Bin Gardens) and it is fantastic project.

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Old December 31st, 2009, 12:21 AM   #28
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The copyright date says it all... those days have gone my friend.
That project is nothing more than a vision now, time to get back to reality...

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Abu Dhabi's 'Swiss village' set for construction

*(Swiss village is a district within Masdar)

In the outskirts of the United Arab Emirates’ capital city Abu Dhabi, the world’s first carbon-neutral, zero-waste city is rising in the desert. Few countries are watching the construction of Masdar - as it is known - as eagerly as Switzerland, because from next year, building begins on a Swiss neighbourhood in the heart of the city.

Listen to the broadcast here >> http://worldradio.ch/wrs/news/switze...on.shtml?17302
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Old December 31st, 2009, 01:13 AM   #29
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wrong,the digging of the canals already has begun

====> Muhammed Bin Rashid Gardens

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...605596&page=11
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Old December 31st, 2009, 10:49 AM   #30
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No, your wrong. That canal is for a different project and was dug almost 2 years ago.
You could at least do a bit of research before claiming that people are wrong, for starters read the posts in that link you posted. And get the spelling correct!
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Old December 31st, 2009, 12:44 PM   #31
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Wrong

Dubai plans a city (Muhammed Bin Gardens) and it is fantastic project.

http://flashydubai.com/images/mohamm..._garden_01.jpg
While the whole project definitely looks breathtaking as projects from Dubai usually do it still can't compare itself to Masdar as far as I can guess from that other thread and the pictures. Even though this project seems to be much better than some others in Dubai, as it seems to try creating some dense (not necessarily ultra dense) mixed use neighborhoods, if I am not mistaken.

The plan to put a gigantic green park in the desert is however the very opposite of what the Masdar project tries to do. The Masdar project really goes a solid and far way to be sustainable. If that project in Dubai pretends to be sustainable as well, this might impress some charity stars, but not anyone who has a small glimpse of what that word actually should mean. Puttinig huge amounts of energy and resources (water etc) into terraforming desert into what it is not, some temperate climate biosphere might be possible but only at a huge price tag, not only in Dollars, but in need for energy and resources.

Masdar on the other side does not try to do something like this. It does make use of something pretty much all Dubai projects try to deny and to be honest, also some other projects in Abu Dhabi. The Emirates are a desert nation. Abu Dhabi and Dubaiare desert cities. Instead of trying to make it look like it would be something else, Masdar makes use of the benefits of being a desert city, while addressing the downsides in the most efficient ways, not by copying some man made garden and water paradise that needs a lot of input of energy and resources, but by using smarter ideas that also take inspiration from the traditions of desert cities. Greenery is to be found in Masdar as well, it is understandable as it hugely increases the attractiveness of the city, but it is in dimensions that seem much much more feasible.

Another point is that while the question of mobility is a major part of the Masdar concept and prominently handled right from the start, the project in Dubai does not seem to make any similar effort.

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http://img529.imageshack.us/img529/2...ea574aoja0.jpg
That pretty much illustrates the scale of the terraforming plans, it also makes me only wonder, how this should be connected by public transport either.
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Old December 31st, 2009, 02:33 PM   #32
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What's even the point of making a swiss-village? You can never do better then the real deal anyway. I mean cosy chalets full of history and with breathtaking mountains and they will make a cheap copy of it that resembles totally nothing of the real deal, just like international city. It can only fail.

I really wonder how it will look like (if it will get build) but I'm not expecting much.
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Old January 2nd, 2010, 06:17 AM   #33
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Swiss village in Dubai??? Why not....
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Old January 2nd, 2010, 01:53 PM   #34
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For starters this development is in Abu Dhabi NOT Dubai.

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What's even the point of making a swiss-village? You can never do better then the real deal anyway. I mean cosy chalets full of history and with breathtaking mountains and they will make a cheap copy of it that resembles totally nothing of the real deal (wtf? ), just like international city. It can only fail.

I really wonder how it will look like (if it will get build) but I'm not expecting much.
The idea for the swiss village is to create a business hub, not to recreate a load of old chalets and mountains.

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The Swiss Village is to be located between the Institute of Science and Technology and the central administration building in the heart of Masdar. The Swiss Village is to offer a balanced mix of uses with offices, research labs and light manufacturing facilities, restaurants and shops, a Swiss business hub, a Swiss private school, apartments as well as the Swiss Embassy and an embassy residence. And everything is “Made in Switzerland” – designed by Swiss architects and designers, built by Swiss companies to Swiss quality and Minergie standards. The Swiss Village is supported at the highest political level in the UAE and Switzerland.

Being located in the Swiss Village offers Swiss companies several advantages: they gain an ideal business hub for opening up the UAE and other Gulf regions. At the same time, they benefit from a gain in reputation by participating in a pioneering project in the field of sustainability and they benefit from the know-how and from the publicity that will result from this leading location for Clean Tech & Services. The government of Abu Dhabi has also declared Masdar to be a “Free Zone”. This guarantees exemption from taxation as well as absolutely no restrictions on foreign ownership or on the repatriation of profits and capital.

The Swiss Village is being realised in the first construction phase of Masdar – the opening is scheduled for 2011. As it is to be built by Swiss companies, it represents a significant order volume for Swiss industry. Contracts will be awarded for procurement and realisation in the fields of preliminary building structures, building technology, installations, equipment, surrounding area as well as furnishings. In addition, there is significant potential for Swiss companies in the other construction zones in Masdar scheduled for implementation later on. And, last but not least, participation in Masdar – a showcase for the entire Gulf region - opens up opportunities for follow-uporders throughout the region. Swiss companies that lease surface areas in the “Swiss Village” are ideally positioned for the award of orders for product supplies and services.
Use the link below to expand your knowledge a little more. You need it.

www.swiss-village.com

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Old January 3rd, 2010, 02:36 AM   #35
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Sounds cool and pretty much discards the claims of the project being canceled or stopped.
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Old January 20th, 2010, 11:30 PM   #36
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First looks at Masdar City


Finally, we have some visual updates on Masdar City, the planned carbon-neutral development near Abu Dhabi airport. The company hosted a tour of the site yesterday to drum up interest in the project during this week's Future Energy Summit.

All photos courtesy of Chris Stanton, one of The National's energy reporters.







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Old January 21st, 2010, 03:05 PM   #37
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Finally some pictures! So that means it's not canceled. I hope we can learn a lot from this project and all the positive things and problems will be documented.
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FOSTER'S VISION FOR MASDAR CITY TAKES SHAPE

Read Story - Building.co.uk

MASDAR INSTITUTE - The facades are very well considered and are entirely self-shading



MASDAR CITY'S GIANT WIND TOWERS - These will tower above the buildings with the idea cool air is sucked down to street level. Mist sprays at high level will cool the air via evaporative cooling and scoops at ground level will direct the cool air where it is needed.



ISLAMIC MOTIFS DESIGNED BY FRENCHMAN JEAN MARC CASTERA



MASDAR INSTITUTE



MASDAR CENTRE OF KNOWLEDGE



THE ENTIRE CITY IS BUILT ON A 7M HIGH CONCRETE PODIUM - The personal rapid transport vehicles travel on a network of roads under podium level, magnets set into the ground at regular intervals and a single wire at roof level guide the vehicles



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Masdar City phase one on target for 2013

by Stanley Carvalho on Wednesday, 20 January 2010

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CARBON NEUTRAL: Masdar City in Abu Dhabi.

The first phase of Abu Dhabi's carbon-neutral Masdar City will be ready and operational in 2013, a senior official from the green energy company said on Wednesday.

"It is on track, 2013," Khaled Awad, director at Masdar's property unit told reporters.

The design for phase II will be ready before 2013.

"Masdar City will grow organically to reflect the market," he said.

In 2007, Masdar unveiled ambitious plans to invest $15 billion in renewable energy projects such as the world's flagship carbon-free city in Abu Dhabi.

Masdar hopes the initiative will earn Abu Dhabi a reputation as the world's main development hub for renewable energy.

The UAE is one of the world's largest emitters of greenhouse gas per capita. Abu Dhabi has pumped billions into Masdar, its clean energy initiative, as it aims both to cut emissions and prepare the world's third-largest crude exporter for a future less dependent on oil.

Abu Dhabi itself plans to generate some 7 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2020.

Masdar City was originally going to generate its energy needs through solar, wind and hydrogen power projects.

In June, the company said it had integrated its first solar power plant into the emirate's electricity grid. (Reuters)

http://www.arabianbusiness.com/57944...arget-for-2013

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Old January 27th, 2010, 04:23 AM   #39
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It is one of the best projects I've ever seen! If not the best!
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SENER Becomes First Engineering Company Licensed to Operate from Masdar City

The firm is also the first Spanish company that will be located in the sustainable cleantech cluster in Abu Dhabi




Madrid, 16 February 2010 – SENER, a leading international multidiscipline engineering company, announced today it has become the first engineering firm and the first Spanish entity to register a local subsidiary in Masdar City, the emerging clean-technology cluster in Abu Dhabi.

Masdar City, which aims to be one of the most sustainable cities in the world, is building a global community of renewable energy and cleantech companies, organisations, NGOs and institutions, including the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The city is the flagship project of Masdar, the renewable energy company wholly owned by the Mubadala Development Company.

The move to Masdar City confirms SENER’s commitment to the development of renewable energy projects and sustainable architecture in the Middle East, and builds on a presence it has had in Abu Dhabi since 2009 in order to pursue engineering opportunities in Abu Dhabi, the rest of the United Arab Emirates and the wider region, in the fields of power and process, civil infrastructure and architecture, marine and aerospace.

Pedro Mugarra, SENER Managing Director in Abu Dhabi, said, “The decision to locate in Masdar City it is not only motivated by the engineering opportunities across all of SENER’s business units in the region, but also by the company’s commitment to the development of renewable energy, particularly those in the fields of Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) and Waste to Energy, where we are a leader in providing efficient and innovative solutions. With the aim of making these technologies ever-more competitive compared to traditional sources, SENER maintains ongoing collaboration with research and development organisations such as Masdar Institute, which is located in Masdar City.”

Alan Frost, Director of Masdar City, said, “We are pleased to welcome SENER to Masdar City, not only because of their existing relationship with Masdar and leadership in the engineering and renewables industry, but also because they reflect our goal of bringing together organisations from around the world that operate in a range of fields but all have specialisations in clean technology and renewable energy. In so doing, we provide not only a world-class work and living environment, but also create a rich industry cluster ecosystem that generates productivity and innovation gains to resident companies.”

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