Inside The World's Most Ambitious Eco-City

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Taming The Desert When completed in 2025, Masdar City will pack 40,000 inhabitants into two square miles of carbon-neutral buildings.
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Why would a petro-state erect a solar-powered eco-metropolis in the middle of the Arabian desert? To change the world.

At first glance, Masdar City appears a mirage. From a distance it looks like a single multicolored building, standing lonely on the horizon. Part of the illusion is due to the city's strange setting: next to Abu Dhabi airport, just across the highway from the Arabian Gulf, in a deeply inhospitable stretch of desert ...

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