Ruth Slavid talks architecture

Marvellous Masdar

Posted in masterplan by ruthslavid on November 6, 2009

It was an eye-opener to see a presentation from Foster at the World Architecture Festival and realise just how far on the construction of Masdar, the sustainable city in Abu Dhabi, is. They showed construction shots which show a real city taking place, and the first buildings will be occupied by the end of this year.

They also made it clear how much of a laboratory the city will be – essential to deal with the question of whether it would have been greener not to build at all. There are lots of sensible reasons for raising the building on a podium, with transport underneath, but it will be interesting to see how they manage to avoid it becoming the world´s largest, and most sordid, undercroft.Masdar

Construction is all lightweight. Apparently in deserts thermal mass is only effective if buildings are shaded all day. Otherwise there is not a long enough period of night cooling to dissipate the heat that has built up during the day.

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