Spaceship in the Desert: Energy, Climate Change, and Urban Design in Abu Dhabi

Join us for a conversation between Gökçe Günel and Deen Sharp on Dr. Günel's new book Spaceship in the Desert: Energy, Climate Change, and Urban Design in Abu Dhabi.

In 2006 Abu Dhabi launched an ambitious project to construct the world’s first zero-carbon city: Masdar City. In Spaceship in the Desert Gökçe Günel examines the development and construction of Masdar City's renewable energy and clean technology infrastructures, providing an illuminating portrait of an international group of engineers, designers, and students who attempted to build a post-oil future in Abu Dhabi. While many of Masdar's initiatives—such as developing a new energy currency and a driverless rapid transit network—have stalled or not met expectations, Günel analyzes how these initiatives contributed to rendering the future a thinly disguised version of the fossil-fueled present. Spaceship in the Desert tells the story of Masdar, at once a “utopia” sponsored by the Emirati government, and a well-resourced company involving different actors who participated in the project, each with their own agendas and desires.

September 24th 2020
12:00pm EST
Duration: 1 hour

More information and registration here: https://t.e2ma.net/click/8us67b/8m6r3o/43gcmi

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