King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Anticipating a global shift to clean and renewable energy, the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (K.A.CARE) will emerge as a new center for research and innovation in sustainable energy production. Located southwest of central Riyadh, K.A.CARE will also serve as the new model of a resource-efficient desert city. Gensler’s plan, first proposed in a government-sponsored, international competition, provides two key components of successful community building — a sense of place and dense, phased growth — set into the dramatic wadi (literally, valley or dry riverbed) landscape.