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5 Dec 2015 – update:

Construction began on Masdar City in 2008 and the first six buildings of the city were completed and occupied in 2010. However, due to the impact of the global financial crisis, Phase 1 of the city, the initial 1,000,000 sqm (0.39 sq mi), will be completed in 2015. Final completion is scheduled to occur between 2020 and 2025, according to wikipedia.

Masdar City Abu Dhabi building designs by Foster + Partners
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8 May 2007

Masdar City

Masdar Development, UAE


Design: Foster + Partners, architects

World’s first zero carbon, zero waste city in Abu Dhabi

Masdar City Abu Dhabi building designs by Foster + Partners

The first project as a result of the Masdar Initiative is a new 6 million square meter sustainable development that uses the traditional planning principals of a walled city, together with existing technologies, to achieve a zero carbon and zero waste community.

Masterplanned by Foster + Partners, the initiative has been driven by the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, and will be a centre for the development of new ideas for energy production. Masdar responds to the urban identity of Abu Dhabi while offering a sustainable urban blueprint for the future.

Masdar City Abu Dhabi building designs by Foster + Partners

Due to be launched at Cityscape Abu Dhabi 2007, it is an ambitious project that will attract the highest levels of international expertise and commerce, providing a mixed-use, high-density city. The exciting programme includes a new university, the Headquarters for Abu Dhabi’s Future Energy Company, special economic zones and an Innovation Center.

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Norman Foster said:
“The environmental ambitions of the Masdar Initiative – zero carbon and waste free – are a world first. They have provided us with a challenging design brief that promises to question conventional urban wisdom at a fundamental level. Masdar promises to set new benchmarks for the sustainable city of the future.”

The principle of the Masdar development is a dense walled city to be constructed in an energy efficient two-stage phasing that relies on the creation of a large photovoltaic power plant, which later becomes the site for the city’s second phase, allowing for urban growth yet avoiding low density sprawl. Strategically located for Abu Dhabi’s principal transport infrastructure, Masdar will be linked to surrounding communities, as well as the centre of Abu Dhabi and the international airport, by a network of existing road and new rail and public transport routes.

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Rooted in a zero carbon ambition, the city itself is car free. With a maximum distance of 200m to the nearest transport link and amenities, the compact network of streets encourages walking and is complemented by a personalised rapid transport system. The shaded walkways and narrow streets will create a pedestrian-friendly environment in the context of Abu Dhabi’s extreme climate. It also articulates the tightly planned, compact nature of traditional walled cities. With expansion carefully planned, the surrounding land will contain wind, photovoltaic farms, research fields and plantations, so that the city will be entirely self-sustaining.

Masdar City Images : Foster + Partners

Masdar Abu Dhabi design : Foster + Partners

About Masdar

Masdar is Abu Dhabi’s multi-faceted, multi-billion dollar investment in the development and commercialization of advanced and innovative technologies in renewable, alternative and sustainable energies as well as green design. By applying scale and leveraging Abu Dhabi’s low-cost, tax-free manufacturing base, businesses will enjoy significant competitive advantages, allowing them to compete internationally and provide significant diversification to the Abu Dhabi economy. On February 9, 2008, Masdar broke ground for Masdar City, the world’s first zero-carbon, zero-waste, car-free city.

Location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, the Middle East, southwestern Asia

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Masdar Institute campus Abu Dhabi
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Masdar Headquarters Abu Dhabi

Masdar Design Competition : won by LAVA in Aug 2009

Masdar Headquarters design by AGi architects
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Website: Masdar City Abu Dhabi Zero Carbon Development – Foster + Partners project page

Website: Masdar City, Abu Dhabi – wikipedia page on this Zero Carbon Development in UAE

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