First climate-positive, net-zero city in the world
Nexgen sustainable city is a masterplan from URB for a city in Egypt. It will become the world’s first net-zero city producing more energy and food than it consumes. The new city is designed to provide food, energy and water for its own residents and become an eco-tourism destination.
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Nexgen will be located in the eastern district of Cairo on a 580 hectare plot. Nine thousand housing units will be available for 35,000 residents of all income levels. The building project itself will create 10,000 jobs in food tech, clean energy, water and waste. Therefore, creating a circular green economy for the city.
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Furthermore, Nexgen hopes to become a tourism destination in its own right. Meaning, not just for the sake of touring the green technology systems of the city. There will be a five-star eco-resort, glamping facilities, an eco-tourism visitor center and a nature reserve for land conservation and biodiversity. Medical facilities also aim to attract visitors from outside the city. They will include an autism village, a rehabilitation and wellness center and various other clinics.
Baharash Bagherian, founder and CEO of Nexgen creator URB, helped design other sustainable cities. He aims with this new project to address food insecurity, which affects one in every four global residents. Thereby, Nexgen will include multiple systems for producing food locally and sustainably for residents. Solar atmospheric water generators will produce clean drinking water from air. Additionally, they will also address water security in a dry region.
“The creation of the next generation net-zero cities that provide food, energy and water as security is no longer a choice, it has become a necessity,” said Bagherian. “Nexgen is the next evolution in sustainable cities that provide innovative multi-functional solutions for social, economic and environmental challenges whilst setting the highest sustainability standards for building resilient and livable cities.”