Pub. date: 2011 | Online Pub. Date: May 04, 2010 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412973816 | Print ISBN: 9781412996822 | Online ISBN: 9781412973816| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
In the city of Abu Dhabi, the initiative known as “Masdar,” which means “the source” in Arabic, may just be the most innovative strategy yet to surface toward a sustainable future. Masdar is hoping to be the “green” envy of all, with new initiatives and partnerships for a green ecocity that will far surpass green technologies and innovations of the past. Masdar's goals are the following: The city's vision was designed by Foster and Partners and will definitely affect the architecture of tomorrow. Innovations that the city will use include a solar-photovoltaic power plant that will supply energy for the city. Designers also foresee using solar canopies shaped like sunflowers that provide shade as well as power. These sunflower-shaped umbrellas will close at night. No cars will be allowed in the city—people will travel from point A to point B by an electric light rail system that will link back ...