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Masdar City: Constructing the world’s most sustainable community
Masdar City is located in the United Arab Emirates, 17 kilometers southeast of Abu Dhabi city.
The project is based on a series of urban planning principles, with a focus on the optimal use of the region's resources.
It is designed to be a hub for clean technology companies. The Institute of Science and Technology
Increased liveability through urban planning
The goal of Masdar City is to create a walkable, vibrant mixed-use community through creation of interconnected neighbourhoods and public places focused on the human experience and programmed to support multiple activities
The scope of the project includes everything outside the buildings, including the streets and public plazas, parks and open spaces.
The master plan is centred on five guiding themes that support the creation of a fully integrated sustainable community:
Environment & Natural Systems
Sustainable Urban Systems
Part of Abu Dhabi’s future sustainability plans
By 2020, Abu Dhabi intends for 7% of its energy to come from sustainable sources, and the Masdar initiative has already come far in terms of introducing solar energy, greenhouse gas reductions, hydrogen power plans and carbon capture.
The project is very much about future proofing Abu Dhabi by looking for alternative and sustainable energy sources.
Through the implementation of the Landscape plan and Conceptual Landscape Design, Masdar City will contribute to Abu Dhabi’s 2030 goals and future economic and societal vision.
Creating a green city in a desert landscape
The purpose of the project has been to create a comfortable public realm in a very warm climate.
The Emirate’s sustainability framework Estidama, supports the creation of liveable communities through its requirements for shading, water use and reuse, energy conservation and resource use.