As the students of Masdar Institute walk to and from class, they experience first-hand what it’s like to live at one of the most cutting-edge, sustainable developments on earth. A stroll through campus showcases how modern and ancient designs complement each other to create an advanced, energy-efficient environment.

Combining passive and intelligent design, the buildings integrate best practices – and state-of-the-art technologies – in sustainable development. From narrow corridors to smart shading to green materials, the campus reduces heat in the summer months and uses solar panels to generate renewable energy.