The Failed Potentials of Masdar City: Renegotiating the Present and Future through Climate Change Technologies in the United Arab Emirates


  • Hai Ri Jeon Columbia University


Gökçe Günel's Spaceship in the Desert: Energy, Climate Change, and Urban Design in Abu Dhabi discusses how citizens and experts of Masdar City, a construction upon the empty space of the desert, negotiates imaginations of the future through technologies that aim to mitigate climate change. Although a failed experiment, it stimulates discussions of how the relationship between the human, technologies, and capitalism are constantly being built, maintained, and rebuilt in the Anthropocene.


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