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Spaceship in the Desert: Energy, Climate Change, and Urban Design in Abu Dhabi (Experimental Futures)

Spaceship in the Desert: Energy, Climate Change, and Urban Design in Abu Dhabi (Experimental Futures)

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Publication Date: March 1st, 2019
Publisher:
Duke University Press
ISBN:
9781478000914
Pages:
272
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Description

In 2006 Abu Dhabi launched an ambitious project to construct the world's first zero-carbon city: Masdar City. In Spaceship in the Desert G k e G nel examines the development and construction of Masdar City's renewable energy and clean technology infrastructures, providing an illuminating portrait of an international group of engineers, designers, and students who attempted to build a post-oil future in Abu Dhabi. While many of Masdar's initiatives-such as developing a new energy currency and a driverless rapid transit network-have stalled or not met expectations, G nel analyzes how these initiatives contributed to rendering the future a thinly disguised version of the fossil-fueled present. Spaceship in the Desert tells the story of Masdar, at once a "utopia" sponsored by the Emirati government, and a well-resourced company involving different actors who participated in the project, each with their own agendas and desires.

About the Author

Gökçe Günel is Assistant Professor in the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies at the University of Arizona.