Ten years ago, the UAE embarked on a
$22 billion mission to build a zero-carbon city powered by the sun, cooled
by the wind, and entirely dependent upon mass transit. But building the world’s
first sustainable metropolis proved far trickier than anyone anticipated, and
just 5 percent of Masdar City stands today.
French photographer Etienne Malapert takes you inside this stalled
utopia with City of Possibilities. His captivating images reveal rows of
silicon solar panels soaking up sunlight, futuristic towers rising above narrow
streets, and exhausted workers cooling off in the shade. Despite the constant
clamor of construction, the future is uncertain.