Abu Dhabi Scenario Planning & Design of New Sustainable Neighborhood Forms

The project aims to develop sustainable neighborhood typologies by understanding the contextual form and analyzing the quantitative urban metabolic flows at a household and neighborhood level for native housing in Abu Dhabi.

We have begun, and will continue during Spring of 2016, background research to develop the theoretical basis of the project. This includes literature reviews to understand the existing state of the research on Urban Metabolism, Sustainability, Sustainability Indicators, and Urban Simulation + Planning Software tools. We are also in the process of conducting initial research on the history of the urban evolution of Abu Dhabi, existing planning and urban design documents for Abu Dhabi, and a preliminary assessment of the household scale metabolic flows for native housing in Abu Dhabi. Based on this initial review, we aim to set up an iterative theoretical and operational framework of definitions, principles, and quantitative goals that defines a sustainable neighborhood typology in Abu Dhabi (MENA region), and which the project will refine throughout its development.

In the coming months, we also aim to conduct a critical analysis of specific case studies through the lenses of sustainability and urban metabolism as defined in our project. We also seek to develop a set of sustainability indicators and targets that will form the basis of the urban metabolism simulations and development of neighborhood typologies for native housing in Abu Dhabi. Additionally, and in order to prompt the design of climatically and socially appropriate neighborhood typologies, we will also be studying the history of the development of Abu Dhabi and the various factors that shaped its contemporary urban form and housing typologies.

Funding for this research was provided by the Masdar Institute and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cooperative Program.  



Mar 03, 2017

The Abu Dhabi property market is poised to experience a growth surge over the next three years as Aldar properties starts to capitalise on pent-up demand for mid-income housing

Abu Dhabi, property, real estate market
Mar 03, 2017

EAD launches awareness campaign to block use of unlicensed groundwater wells

Abu Dhabi, groundwater, water
Mar 03, 2017

The UAE is moving towards a sustainable, greener future, which is why residents in the Capital can look forward to 2030.

Abu Dhabi, walkable, sustainable
Mar 03, 2017

Authorities said that migrating from traditional to automated irrigation systems required developing a central control irrigation system of high efficiency

Abu Dhabi, irrigation
Mar 03, 2017

Cyacle, the bike-sharing system, is increasing the number of its bike stations from 11 to 50

Abu Dhabi, Masdar City, bike share
Fall 2015