Can This Desert Oasis Project Actually Be Green?

This piece from Fast Company Design looks at plans for an eco-conscious-yet-inappropriately lush desert development being planned in Oman, and wonders whether a project so out of place will actually work.

"Klingmann describes Khawr Awqad as 'surrounded by residential communities and luscious green agricultural fields to the north and east and the expanse of the Arabian Sea to the south and east...a unique destination with a focus on eco-literacy and education, eco-tourism, and sustainable green living.'

It's a gorgeous vision. But where, exactly, is all this luscious green land coming from? Klingmann is a vague on the details and water is a scarce resource in Oman. And in fact, Khawr Awqad also features other questionable elements, such as 'peaceful waterscapes,' and a three-dimensional poolscape with warm and cold water pools. Which will all evaporate in the dry desert air, unless they're constantly refilled."

The green, walkable community could be built in this desert on the backs of other successful sea water desalination projects and other techniques to avoid desertification, but the manmade oasis may be too unrealistic to come about.

Full Story: A Manmade Oasis: Scam or Sustainable Dream?


Prepare for the AICP* Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $245
Book cover of the Guide to Graduate Planning Programs 4th Edition

Thinking about Grad School?

The Planetizen Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs is the only comprehensive ranking and listing of graduate urban planning programs available.
Starting at $24.95

City Coasters

Hand-drawn engraved maps of your favorite neighborhoods are divided up across 4 coasters making each one unique.
Book cover of Unsprawl

Unsprawl: Remixing Spaces as Places

Explore visionary, controversial and ultimately successful strategies for building people-centered places.
Starting at $12.95