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Libya to build zero-carbon city

Edward Cullinan Architects commissioned to develop a master plan.

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A drawing of the proposed zero-carbon city in Libya.
A drawing of the proposed zero-carbon city in Libya.

 A British architecture firm has drawn up plans for a zero-carbon city in the mountains of eastern Libya.

Edward Cullinan Architects was commissioned by two Libyan government bodies to develop a master plan for the new city, which will be called Madinat Hadaek Shahat, or Shahat Garden City, and be located in the country’s Green Mountains.

The mixed-use development will create homes for 60,000 people over the 1500-hectare site, as well as schools, a university and a botanical garden. It will be built just a few kilometers south of the ancient city of Cyrene, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Although the Green Mountains are surrounded by desert, they are a fertile and temperate area of the country, likened in climate to southern France or Italy. The area is excellent for farming, and agricultural small-holdings and wadis will form an integral part of the Shahat Garden City development.

The project was commissioned by the Organisation for Development and Administration Centres (ODAC) and the Libyan Company for Planning and Urban Development (LCPUD). ECA are collaborating with local practices, Libyan Engineering Office (LEO) and Al Mada.

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