Abu Dhabi: A Burgeoning Green Utopia?



The Ecotopia 2121 Project details the futures of 100 cities across the globe as though they've somehow overcome all the grave environmental challenges our times and grown to become mega-Green and super-ecofriendly. This month, we highlight the future of Abu Dhabi.


“Cities grow great only when citizens plant trees whose shade they will not live to enjoy” (ancient Arab proverb)


In the early 21st century, Abu Dhabi is a car-dependent city on par with any in the Western World -- a situation fueled by the Emirati desire to travel in air-conditioned luxury as well by the availability of cheap indigenous oil.

Here, in this Abu Dhabi 2121, however, the stranglehold of the car on city life is broken-up with the help of a new socio-architectural setting comprising one or two-story dwellings interconnected with walkways; plus an enormous Palm Tree tower that shades the city center from stifling sunshine.

Abu Dhabi 2121

ABU DHABI 2121 by Alan Marshall


For the full story of Abu Dhabi 2121, consult the Ecotopia 2121 project book. An article detailing the agents of social change for the scenario depicted above also appears in the German environmental journal Ökologisches Wirtschaften (the article is in English).


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