What will your ideal city look like in 2030? That is the question of the third annual international blogging contest hosted by Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company behind Masdar City. One winner will receive a paid trip to Abu Dhabi – where Masdar City is located – in mid-January, 2015, and will serve as VIP blogger during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week. The contest asks participants to think creatively about the future of urban planning. Blogs must be submitted by January 2, 2015, so don’t wait!
Cities worldwide are at the forefront of innovation and sustainability. How would your ideal city of the future thrive?
How will cities accommodate urban growth and protect the environment?
Cities are faced with a range of daunting challenges, but cities are also hotbeds for forward-thinking solutions. Cities are experiencing rapid population growth, and by 2030, the United Nations expects there to be 41 megacities with ten million people or more. This can strain resources and makes sustainable urban planning even more important. The Masdar blogging challenge invites participants to consider developments in water, waste, energy, food production, and transport. Cities of the future will need to drive economic growth that raises quality of life while also curbing greenhouse gas emissions and using resources responsibly.
Last year’s competition received 117 submissions from six continents to help generate a conversation around sustainable urban development.
Learning from Masdar City
Masdar City is an innovative community that may provide a glimpse into the future of sustainable cities. Masdar City aims to be the world’s most sustainable eco-city with narrow, shaded streets to keep the city cooler, rooftop solar panels, and an innovative integrated transport system. Transport in Masdar City will focus on walking, cycling, personal rapid transport, and electric-powered public transport options. At TheCityFix, we are working to envision what future cities might look like if there was no need for a car. Masdar City may be an early step towards this future.
While Masdar’s lofty goals are admirable, it is also a small community that doesn’t face the myriad of challenges in cities with existing infrastructure, inequality, and informality. To become truly “ideal,” all cities will need to pursue sustainable solutions that improve quality of life and meet specific local needs