Masdar City Masterplan, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Masdar City Masterplan

As member of the design team - consisting of the architects, traffic planners, infrastructure and renewable energy systems engineers and us as climate engineers - for the Masdar City Master Plan in Abu Dhabi, we developed a new and most holistic approach of defining sustainable urban development: The six square kilometer city, designed by Foster and Partner for the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, is eventually to house 50,000 people in accordance with WWF One Planet Living sustainability standards, which include specific targets for the city’s ecological footprint. Masdar City plans to exceed the requirements of the 10 sustainability principles - zero carbon, zero waste, sustainable transport, sustainable materials, sustainable food, sustainable water, habitats and wildlife, culture and heritage, equity and fair trade, and health and happiness.
Independent and public verification of Masdar City´s performance in meeting these standards is just one of the features distinguishing the project. Another is the commitment that the project will not just preserve existing regional biodiversity but enhance it. The design team developed all of these targets that are to be achieved by the time Masdar City is completed and fully functioning, in 2012 - 2017.
Masdar City is intended to be one of the world leading research and development hubs for renewable energy strategies and components based on the University Masdar Institute of Science and Technology. The laboratories and light industry production facilities are to support the vision of the UAE to develop from a technology importing into a technology exporting country with focus on renewable energy technologies. This also reflects the governments approach to prepare the UAE for the era after the oil.