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Interstitial EP003

Spaceship in the Desert
by Gökçe Günel

After development of Masdar was halted in 2011, the world's first zero-carbon city was prounounced a failure by the media—as the first green ghost town. Anthropologist Gökçe Günel wanted to understand what else was happening there.

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

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AUTHOR
Gökçe Günel
PUBLISHER
Duke University Press
PAGES
272
PUBLICATION DATE
March 2019

Gökçe Günel is Assistant Professor in Anthropology at Rice University. Her first book Spaceship in the Desert: Energy, Climate Change, and Urban Design in Abu Dhabi (Duke University Press, 2019) 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.

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