Yas Hotel by Asymptote – Abu Dhabi

13.10.09 § Leave a comment






LAVA wins first prize for Masdar

28.08.09 § Leave a comment


Quoted from http://www.designboom.com:

“Giant umbrellas, with a design based on the principles of sunflowers, will provide moveable shade in the day, store heat, then close and release the heat at night in the plaza of a new eco-city in the united arab emirates.
the ‘sunflower umbrellas’ are one aspect of the winning design by the international practice laboratory for visionary architecture (LAVA) for the city centre for masdar in the UAE – the world’s first zero carbon, zero waste city powered entirely by renewable energy sources.”

More: http://www.designboom.com/weblog/cat/9/view/7394/lava-wins-first-prize-for-masdar-worlds-first-sustainable-city-in-uae.html

Masdar City – Abu Dhabi

28.07.09 § Leave a comment


Quoted from treehugger.com:


“We have shown so many awful projects in Dubai and Abu Dhabi that it was hard to take projects like Masdar seriously; are they real or greenwashing? Now it appears that Lord Foster’s Masdar is under construction and they are getting serious. When people think about sustainability, they think about devices,” said Gerard Evenden, a partner at Foster and Partners, the British architectural firm that is designing the site. “But here you’re taking it to a city scale, which has much more of an impact — connecting the devices to the structure to the transportation to the people. The city will have no cars; people will move around using driverless electric vehicles that move on a subterranean level. The air-conditioning will be solar powered.”

Masdar City Chosen as World Headquarters for New International Renewable Energy Agency:


“UAE to Pay All IRENA’s Operating Costs
As part of its commitment, the United Arab Emirates has agreed to grant $136 million over a six year period the IRENA, as well as covering all operations costs for the organization for perpetuity. Additionally, the Abu Dhabi Fund has been set up as an endowment that will give out up to $50 million annually to renewable energy projects in the developing world.”

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