The amazing, self-contained, carbon-neutral, car-less project called Masdar City has recently undergone some revisions. The project is still ongoing and will still be pretty amazing, but the deadline for completion has been pushed back from five to ten years and some plans have been scaled back.
The green oasis being built in the desert outside of Abu Dhabi was originally set for completion in 2016. Now developers are saying it could be anywhere between 2020 and 2025. Another major revision is to the plans for the city to produce all of its own renewable energy - mainly from solar PV arrays. That has now been tweaked with the developer saying that they are also looking at other energy sources like geothermal and solar thermal cooling, as well as buying renewable energy from other sites.
The other major change is that the "personal rapid transit" podcars that were going to shuttle residents around in place of cars are now being classified as an "ongoing pilot project" and other electric vehicles will now be allowed in the city, reversing the car-free rule and putting one of the more futuristic aspects of the project on the back-burner.
Masdar City began construction in 2008 and already six buildings that make up the Masdar Institute are being occupied by students and faculty.
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