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Foster unveils world's first zero-carbon, zero-waste city - images

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Foster & Partners has revealed these images of its masterplan for the world's first zero-carbon, zero-waste city in Abu Dhabi.

The 6 million m2 Masdar Initiative, which is being driven by the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (ADFEC), will be completely car free and will house a population estimated to number 50,000 - most of whom will work for ADFEC.

As well as a new university and an HQ for ADFEC, the city will also include a 'centre for the development of new ideas for energy production' and monorails which Foster described as a 'personalised rapid transport system'.

Foster said: 'The environmental ambitions of the Masdar Initiative - zero carbon and waste free - are a world first. They have provided us with a challenging design brief that promises to question conventional urban wisdom at a fundamental level.

'Masdar promises to set new benchmarks for the sustainable city of the future,' he added.

A timetable for the city's construction is yet to be finalised.

by Max Thompson

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