abu dhabi

Foster + Partners’ Carbon Neutral Masdar City Rises in the Desert

Foster + Partners’ Carbon Neutral Masdar City Rises in the Desert

Inspired by the architecture and planning of traditional Arab cities, Foster + Partners seamlessly combined ancient building techniques with modern technological advancements. Meshing these two distinct

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Solar-Powered Crystalline Towers Unveiled for Abu Dhabi

Solar-Powered Crystalline Towers Unveiled for Abu Dhabi

Aedas and Arup's design for the financial headquarters takes into consideration both traditional Islamic architecture as well as sustainability. The exterior is covered in a crystalline honeycomb facade

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Energy-Generating Kite Park Offers Extreme Green Parasailing

Energy-Generating Kite Park Offers Extreme Green Parasailing

Colombian landscape architecture studio Paisajes Emergentes recently unveiled plans for an energy-generating kite farm on a public beach in Abu Dhabi. Tethered to flexible posts, 200 para-kites would use

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Fields of Windstalks Harvest Kinetic Energy From the Wind

Fields of Windstalks Harvest Kinetic Energy From the Wind

Some consider wind turbines to be garish blips on serene landscapes. Not so with this Windstalk concept, which utilizes a series of 1203 kinetic energy-generating “stalks” to harness power.

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Persian Gulf Harnessing Microbes to Transform Desert into Farmland

Persian Gulf Harnessing Microbes to Transform Desert into Farmland

The United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Kuwait are in the midst of a massive project to re-landscape their deserts and transform them into fertile farmland, providing food security for their future. The

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Solar Powered Supertower to Eclipse the Burj Dubai?

Solar Powered Supertower to Eclipse the Burj Dubai?

Even though the 2,600 ft tall, 126 story Burj Dubai is still under construction, a fierce race is already brewing to construct the world's next tallest building. Recently Santa Monica building designer

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Abu Dhabi’s Spiraling Helix Hotel

Abu Dhabi’s Spiraling Helix Hotel

The Helix Hotel in Abu Dhabi's Zayed Bay doesn't have floors like we're used to - instead it spirals in sections of a corkscrew from top to bottom with no clear breaks, flowing from retail to residential,

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Emerald Plaza by Emergent Architecture

Emerald Plaza by Emergent Architecture

Public space is essential in any urban environment, but drawing people out can be difficult when the weather makes the outdoors uncomfortable. The Emerald Plaza in Abu Dhabi by Los Angeles-based Emergent

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World’s First Positive Energy Building in Masdar, Abu Dhabi

World’s First Positive Energy Building in Masdar, Abu Dhabi

Not settling for mere zero-energy, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill's Masdar Headquarters are setting new design standards for green building, with their scheme that generates more energy than it consumes. The

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