Case study of a sustainably planned city: Masdar City, Abu Dhabi

A proposal view of Masdar City in Dubai
Ariel view of proposed Masdar City masterplan. Credit: Masdar City
A building in Masdar City Dubai
View of the buildings at Masdar City Institute. Credit: Masdar City

Masdar City aims to be one of the world’s most sustainable urban developments powered by renewable energy. It aims to do this by:

  • Ensuring a low carbon footprint during and after its construction.
  • Being completely powered by renewable energy.
  • Reducing waste to as near to zero as possible, through encouraging changes in behaviour and regulating materials which can be present in the city.
  • Leading research and education into sustainable technology.
  • Designing the city streets and buildings to help create comfortable environments reducing the need for air conditioning, heating, and artificial light.
  • Educating three quarters of the 40,000 residents with 5 hours of sustainability education each year.
  • Leading research at its university to ensure the city retains its sustainable identification and leading knowledge in sustainable living.
  • Implementing full pedestrianisation within the city, with the transport network below ground.