See what can be achieved. I know it must have cost a lot of money to set this up, but think of the incalculable benefits.
With its most eye-catching feature a spectacular garden of massive artificial sunflowers that provide movable shade during the day, the new, sustainable city center for Masdar, United Arab Emirate (UAE) is a stunning model for future urban growth.
The winning design entry was submitted by the Laboratory for Visionary Architecture and features enormous movable sunflower umbrellas to regulate daytime and nighttime temperatures and reducing the cooling needs of sheltered building, a rainwater capture system capable of hold a fifty-year supply of water, and hydroponic gardens watered with grey water from the city’s buildings. Construction set to be completed over seven phases by 2016.
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