Plan Abu Dhabi 2030

Urban Structure Framework

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Project Info
Plan Abu Dhabi 2030
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Completion Date: 2007
Square Footage: 1.7 million acres

Planning Institute of British Columbia Award, 2008
Canadian Institute of Planners Award, 2008
GLOBE Award, Excellence in Urban Sustainability Finalist, 2008

We developed an urban structure framework plan for the city of Abu Dhabi, in conjunction with Larry Beasley, former Head of Planning for the City of Vancouver, and CIVITAS Urban Design and Planning Inc.

Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates, controls more than 10% of the world's proven oil reserves, and the income they provide, have had a profound effect on the city: 50 years ago, the majority of citizens lacked access to healthcare, education, electricity and running water; today, the city is a bustling modern capital, with planned development for the next decade exceeding $100 billion USD in value. As a result of this rapid transformation, the city was in urgent need of a plan to direct development.

The planning process began in December of 2006 with a series of preparatory studies: an economic analysis; an infrastructure review; an environmental audit; a transportation summary; an assessment of existing built form, development patterns and open space distribution; and a broader examination of the challenges and opportunities facing the city. In February of 2007, the team conducted a five-day charrette with planners and rulers from Abu Dhabi and a group of international experts, developing three large-scale plans based on the preparatory studies' projections. Following the charrette, these concepts were combined and distilled for an additional charrette in March, which included planning exercises at the regional, district and individual block levels. This process resulted in a policy framework for how the city will handle growth over the next 25 years.

Since Plan Abu Dhabi 2030's adoption as official government policy in 2007, the consortium of Beasley and Associates, CIVITAS Urban Design and Planning Inc. and Perkins+Will have produced 2030 plans for the nearby City of Al Ain, the western region of Al Gharbia, and the country's eastern region.

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