Flow to Stability

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Abu Dhabi and Sustainability

Well, here we are, eager to help transforming one of the highest per capita users of fossil fuels and water into a sustainable society... or so we think? At 50C during times of the day, ACs going at full blast (expectedly), single pane windows at respectable houses costing close to 6 figures US$ sums to rent, no recycling effort to speak of, construction frenzy adding to the dust clouds and traffic jams of SUVs this may seem like a daunting effort -- and I will not claim otherwise.

The Masdar Institute has opened its doors to students and researchers to work on projects towards more sustainable energy use and conservation. Sustainable transportation research will be featured in these pages but in the mean time a view of a city of the future: