Future Culture

Futurist Writer Lei Kalina writes her tongue-in-cheek musings and ramblings on the growing worldwide phenomenon of the growth of the Future Culture in the 21st Century

Future Culture In The 21st Century

Future Culture In the 21st Century

Futures Studies, Foresight, or Futurology , according to Wikipedia, is the science, art and practice of postulating possible, probable, and preferable futures and the worldviews and myths that underlie them. Futures studies (colloquially called "Futures" by many of the field's practitioners) seeks to understand what is likely to continue, what is likely to change, and what is novel. Part of the discipline thus seeks a systematic and pattern-based understanding of past and present, and to determine the likelihood of future events and trends. Futures is an interdisciplinary field, studying yesterday's and today's changes, and aggregating and analyzing both lay and professional strategies, and opinions with respect to tomorrow.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Green Metropolis In The 21st Century

Energy surplus:
Masdar headquarters’s structural cones, which support a roof laden with solar panels, will provide light and ventilation. The pond helps cool the air.
Credit: ©Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Shady lane:
Solar panels on the roofs provide sun protection in public spaces between buildings.
Credit: ©Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture


A US$15 billion investment for a green metropolis right in the outskirts of mega oil-rich Abu Dhabi.
Target date, year 2016. The plan : to "reinvent" Abu Dhabi as the Silicon Valley of alternative energy: a source of talent, patents, and startups in the very industry that could one day challenge the supremacy of oil.

The dream: to create the world's first car-free, zero-carbon-dioxide-emissions, zero-waste city.

Overheard : "A solar test field in Masdar City will help determine what zero-emissions technologies will work best in the heat and dust of the desert."

For the experts: "It is by far the largest zero-emissions and zero-waste project in the world."
And the cynics' question: should the whole world care?

Energy surplus:
Masdar headquarters, shown in an architectural rendering, is designed to generate more renewable electricity than it consumes;
it would be the first large-scale, multi-use building to do so.
Credit: ©Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Article: A Zero-Emissions City in the Desert

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