Nexgen Sustainable Cities is an Egyptian urban master plan from URB. It will be the world’s first net-zero city to produce more energy and food than it consumes. The new city aims to provide its residents with food, energy and water and become an eco-tourism destination.

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Nexgen will be located in the eastern region of Cairo, covering an area of ​​580 hectares. 9,000 housing units will be provided to 35,000 residents of various income levels. The building project itself will create 10,000 jobs in food technology, clean energy, water and waste. Therefore, create a circular green economy for the city.

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A river covered in rocks with palm trees on both sides

Furthermore, Nexgen wants to become a tourist destination in itself. That means, not just for a tour of the city’s green tech systems. Five-star eco-resorts, luxury camping facilities, eco-tourism visitor centers and land conservation and biodiversity nature reserves will be built. The medical facility is also designed to attract tourists from outside the city. They will include an autism village, a rehabilitation and wellness centre and various other clinics.

A diagram showing the three different levels of the city of Nexgen

Baharash Bagherian, founder and CEO of Nexgen creator URB, has helped design other sustainable cities. With this new project, he aims to tackle food insecurity, which affects one in every four inhabitants worldwide. As such, Nexgen will include multiple systems for locally and sustainably producing food for residents. Solar Atmospheric Water Generators will produce clean drinking water from the air. In addition, they will address water security in arid regions.

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“Creating next-generation net-zero cities that provide food, energy and water as security is no longer an option, it has become a necessity,” Bagrian said. “Nexgen is the next step in sustainable cities, providing innovative multifunctional solutions to social, economic and environmental challenges, while setting the highest sustainability standards for building resilient and liveable cities.”


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