London based architectural firm, Foster and Partners have just released the first plans for the Masdar Initiative - a giant urban development in Abu Dhabi. The densely packed walled city...

London based architectural firm, Foster and Partners have just released the first plans for the Masdar Initiative – a giant urban development in Abu Dhabi.  The densely packed walled city is being developed by Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company and is being described as the world’s first “zero carbon, zero waste” city.

According to the press release:

The principle of the Masdar development is a dense walled city to be constructed in an energy efficient two-stage phasing that relies on the creation of a large photovoltaic power plant, which later becomes the site for the cities second phase, allowing for urban growth yet avoiding low density sprawl.

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