Masdar City – Abu Dhabi

Masdar – meaning ”the source”

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. The programme includes a new university, the Headquarters for Abu Dhabi’s Future Energy Company, special economic zones and an Innovation Center (www.fosterandpartners.com).

The city is likely to open in late 2009.The city would house 50,000 people and 1,500 businesses
(www.inhabitat.com).

Transport
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.

Energy
The surrounding land will contain wind, photovoltaic farms, research fields and plantations, so that the city will be entirely self-sustaining. The electricity for the entire city would be generated by solar energy harnessed by photovoltaic panels. To start with, a large solar power station would be built that would meet the energy requirements during the construction of the city, while buildings would be cooled by wind towers (www.inhabitat.com).

Wasteand Water
Systems would encourage reuse and minimal resources, with 99% of the waste generated in the city getting reused, or composted. All waste water would be reused as well, with solar energy desalination systems (www.inhabitat.com).

Literature
Websites
www.fosterandpartners.com/News/291/Default.aspx
www.inhabitat.com/2008/02/06/plans-unveiled-for-worlds-first-zero-carbon-zero-waste-city-masdar-city/
Critical voices: www.treehugger.com/files/2008/03/masdar-roundtable.php

Architectural journals
– Bauwelt, 2008 Dec.29, v.99, n.48, p.26-29
– Metropolis, 2008 Oct., v.28, n.2, p.[132]-[141]
– Architectural review, 2008 Aug., v.224, n.1338, p.80-81
– GA document, 2008 June, n.103, p.96-99
– Architect (Washington, DC): vol. 97, no. 4, 2008 Mar., p. 60-67
– Architect (Washington, DC): vol. 97, no. 8, 2008 June, p. 74-79
– Architects’ journal: vol. 227, no. 19, 2008 May 15, p. 100-104
– Architect (Washington, D.C.), 2008 June, v.97, n.8, p.74-79
– Arkitekten (Copenhagen): vol. 110, no. 12, 2008, p. 40-45
– Arkitektur: the Swedish review of architecture, 2008 Mar., v.108, n.2, p.34-35
– Architectural record: vol. 195, no. 8, 2007 Aug., p. 34
– Architecture plus: architecture of a new world :no. 16, 2007, p. 104-109
– Blueprint (London, England), 2008 Feb., n.263, p.40-43
– GA document : no. 103, 2008 June, p. 69-99
– Volume (Amsterdam, Netherlands), 2008, n.16, p.74-77
– Architectural record, 2007 Aug., v.195, n.8, p.34

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