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This abandoned, half-built futuristic ‘eco-city’ looks like it’s on a different planet

Masdar City, located in the Arabian desert, was slated to be the world’s most sustainable city. Abu Dhabi officials had plans for it to be a city with zero carbon emissions, zero waste and zero cars.

But construction has been slower than expected and current plans suggest that only half of the city’s power will be renewable. And as of now, only around 300 people live there.

French photographer Etienne Malapert documented the buildings, streets and plazas for Masdar City, in awe of the loneliness he felt walking around the silent streets.

Check out the rest of his photos in our full post.

The Pearl

Population of 5,000; part of Qatar; 1.54 square miles.

Interesting fact: the island is being artificially constructed and when it is finished is intended to be home to 45,000 residents.

The Pearl-Qatar (by Lornss AlNaimi)

The simplest kind of fault

When rocks tear and break they can do so in a variety of ways, depending on whether they are being pulled apart (aka extension to geologists), pushed together (compression) or slid alongside each other (strike slip, like the San Andreas) by the tectonic forces affecting the area. This example is a normal fault from Iran, produced by pull apart forces, at least on a local level. The layers pick out very well the block of rock that has dropped between two others, and the two fault lines bordering it. The tectonics in Iran are complex, the main forces are compressive as Arabia separates from Africa and is in a slow motion collision that is closing the Persian Gulf. As the rock is pushed out of the way and uplifted to form mountains such as the Zagros range some regions are twisting and buckling in a rotatory motion, leading to local extensive forces and normal faulting.


Image credit: Outcropedia


The Embassy of the United Arab Emirate in Kuwait City by an unknown Kuwait architect [1980]. It was photographed by Arup Associates to analyze how Arab architecture in the Gulf has been affected by a rapid pace in economic development and infrastructural modernization. In this example, they observed how the traditional motifs and style found on Khaleeji mud brick structures were combined with those of other Islamic lands, such as the muqarnas borders.  These motifs were then simplified and reflected on a basic marble structure. 

Photograph by Paul Edward Case.

From “Boom Time in Kuwait,” National Geographic, December, 1952.

Merchants Walk a New Street Cut Through the Heart of Booming Kuwait

Asphalt, brought in from Iran’s Abadan refinery before its shutdown, paves the surface. The shop, which specializes in rugs and pearls, also offers antique firearms, coats of chain mail, brassbound chests, pottery, and dusty odds and ends. The two traders wear Arabian robes and headdress, protection against both heat and cold, above Western suits. The Sheikdom is spending millions of oil dollars on improved streets, sewers, and water mains. Mud-wall houses, which collapse under heavy rains, are giving way to cement-block structures.

Hut Sunrise - Hello from Kish Island by Hamed Saber
Via Flickr:
Kish Island, Persian Gulf, Iran This photo is a gift for you, just for you ;) I captured this lovely sunshine minutes ago, and planned to upload it asap, and now it’s yours :) Hello from Kish! Added to main page of flickr explore (interestingness) page of 21 September 2006.

3D-Printed Reefs Could Rehabilitate Persian Gulf Ecosystem

By Denise Chow, Staff Writer   |   November 07, 2013 01:55pm ET

Artificial reefs created using 3D printing technology may be effective tools for restoring marine life in threatened ecosystems. A Bahrain-based organization, called Reef Arabia, is using 3D-printed reef formationsto rehabilitate the waters of the Persian Gulf, reported TreeHugger.

Artificial reefs can help restore sea life by providing a base for corals and sponges to take hold. The waters off Bahrain’s coast have suffered from overfishing, but Reef Arabia is hoping its 3D-printed formations will help revive the region’s marine diversity. The group is designing artificial reefs printed using non-toxic sandstone material, which will give the formations a more realistic feel, said Reef Arabia team member David Lennon.

“With 3D printing we can get closer to natural design because of its ability to produce very organic shapes and almost lay down material similar to how nature does it,” Lennon told TreeHugger.

The 3D-printed reefs take only a day to print, and can be constructed four at a time, according to TreeHugger.


TBH, I wish this article had more info than just the Brief D: