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Masdar City
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DESIGNER
 
 
Norman Foster

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DESCRIPTION
 
Masdar City Foster + PartnersMasdar City is an emerging global clean-technology cluster located in what aims to be one of the world’s most sustainable urban developments powered by renewable energy. Located about 17km from downtown Abu Dhabi, this free zone will eventually be home to companies, researchers, and academics from across the globe, creating an international hub for companies and organisations focused on renewable energy and clean technologies. Inspired by the architecture and urban planning of traditional Arab cities, Masdar City incorporates narrow streets; the shading of windows, exterior walls and walkways; thick-walled buildings; courtyards and wind towers; vegetation and a generally walkable city.

Masdar City Foster + PartnersThe design provides the highest quality living and working environment with the lowest possible carbon footprint and includes a northeast-southwest orientation of the city. This makes best use of the cooling night breezes and lessens the effect of hot daytime winds. There will be green parks separating built-up areas, not only to capture and direct cool breezes into the heart of the city but also to reduce solar gain and provide cool pleasant oases throughout the city. The intelligent design of residential and commercial spaces will reduce demand for artificial lighting and air conditioning. As well, all buildings will surpass the highest sustainable building standards currently set by internationally recognised organisations.

Carefully planned landscape and water features will aid in reducing ambient temperatures, while enhancing the quality of the street; the elimination of cars and trucks at street level not only makes the air cleaner for pedestrians but also allows buildings to be closer together, providing more shade but allowing maximum natural light. The placement of residential, recreational, civic, leisure, retail, commercial and light industrial areas across the master plan, along with the public transportation networks, ensures that the city is pedestrian friendly and a pleasant and convenient place in which to live and work.
Masdar City Foster + Partners
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ECO-SUSTAINABILITY'
 
Masdar City Foster + PartnersThe design provides the highest quality living and working environment with the lowest possible carbon footprint and includes a northeast-southwest orientation of the city. This makes best use of the cooling night breezes and lessens the effect of hot daytime winds. There will be green parks separating built-up areas, not only to capture and direct cool breezes into the heart of the city but also to reduce solar gain and provide cool pleasant oases throughout the city. The intelligent design of residential and commercial spaces will reduce demand for artificial lighting and air conditioning. As well, all buildings will surpass the highest sustainable building standards currently set by internationally recognised organisations.
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LOCATION
 
Continent
Asia
Nation
United Arab Emirates [Al-Imarat al-'Arabiya al Muttahida]
Emirate
Abu-Dhabi [Abū Ẓabī]
Town
Abu-Dhabi [Abū Ẓabī]
Hamlet
Masdar City [Madīnat Maṣdar]
 
 
Telephone
+971.2.653.3333
Website
E-mail
joinus@masdarcity.ae
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MAP
 
 
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TYPOLOGY
 
TOWN PLANNING AND URBAN DESIGN
New settlements
New urban settlement
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2006    
Realisation
2008 - 2016
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AWARDS
 
2007
World Clean Energy Award
Transatlantic21 Association
Basel, Switzerland
2007
Sustainable Region / City of the Year
Euromoney and Ernst & Young’s Global Renewable Energy Awards
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THE BUILDING IN CINEMA
 
Title
  How much does your building weigh, Mr. Foster?
Directed by
Norberto Lopez Amado, Carlos Carcas
Nationality
United Kingdom, Spain
Year of production
2010
Cast
Norman Foster, Tony Hunt, George Weidenfeld, Richard Rogers, Bono, Deyan Sudjic, Paul Goldberger, Carl Abbott, Alain de Botton, Anish Kapoor, Richard Serra, Anthony Caro, Richard Long, Buckminster Fuller, Ben Cowd, Cai Guo-Qiang, Ricky Burdett, Spencer de Grey, David Nelson, Narinder Sagoo, Nigel Dancey, Loretta Law, Mouzhan Madidi, Stefan Behling, Jurgen Happ, Gerard Evenden
Building's role
Appreciable
Annotations
Producer: Elena Ochoa

Executive Producer: Antonio Sanz

Writer & Narrator: Deyan Sudjic

Music: Joan Valent

Director of Photography: Valentin Alvarez
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BIBILIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES
 
 
Jonathan Glancey, "Masdar City. Une ville verte sortie des sables / A green city out of the sand", L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui 391, septembre-octobre/september-october 2012, pp. 74-85
Marco Maretto, "Ecocities ed ecoquartieri: tra morfologia e progetto urbano / Ecocities and Eco Neighbourhoods: between Morphology and Urban Design", L'industria delle costruzioni 419, maggio-giugno/may-june 2011 [Ecocities], pp. 22-24 (4-25)
Norman Foster, "Masdar City e il nuovo Masdar Institute Campus ad Abu Dhabi / Masdar City and the Masdar Institute Campus, Abu Dhabi", L'industria delle costruzioni 419, maggio-giugno/may-june 2011 [Ecocities], pp. 26-35
Sona Nambiar, Joann Gonchar, "Masdar Institute. Foster & Partners with Arup Associates", Architectural Record 5/2011, may 2011, pp. 130-139
Douglas Murphy, "Masdar Institute. Foster & Partners with Arup Associates", Icon 93, march 2011, pp. 54-55
"Envelope", Architecture Today 215, february 2011, pp. 71-86
"Masdar Institute, Masdar, United Arab Emirates. Foster & Partners with Arup Associates", Architecture Today 215, february 2011, pp. 71- 75 (71-86)
Rafael Magrou, "Masdar City: mirage or reality?", in Perspectives durables 2011 / Sustainable prospects 2011, Archipress & associés, "L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui", Paris 2010, p. 52-57
Stefan Behling, "Masdar City, Abu Dhabi", Arquitectura Viva 130, I-II 2010 [La hora solar], pp. 28-31, 111
Foster + Partners, Masdar City, Detail Green"Lernen von Masdar City? Über die Planung CO₂-neutraler Städte / Learning from Masdar City? How to plan a zero-carbon city. Interview mit / Interview with Matthias Schuler", Detail Green 2/2009, "Hintergrund/Background" pp. 18-19
"Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, UAE / Foster+Partners", L'Arca 238,luglio-agosto/july-august 2008, pp. 28-37
Vernon Mays, "Positive energy", Architect 6/2008, june 2008, pp. 74-79
Diana Dilworth, "Foster's Masdar City more than a mirage?", Architectural Record 8/2007, august 2007, p. 34
Foster & Partners, ADFEC, "UAE: The future now. The world's first carbon-free city", A+. Architecture Plus. Architecture of a New World 16, 2007, "Context. Community & Planning" pp. 104-105
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CLIENT
 
 
Masdar-Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company
Mubadala Development Company
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AMOUNT
 
 
$ 22,000,000,000
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Surface
sq.km. 6 (sq.mi. 2.3)
Capacity
50,000 peoples
1,500 companies
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STAFF
 
Consultant
Cyril Sweet Limited
W.S.P Transsolar
ETA
Gustafson Porter
E.T.A.
Energy
Ernst and Young
Flack + Kurtz
Systematica
Transsolar
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ANNOTATIONS
 
 


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CREDITS
 
 
Drawings © Foster + Partners
Text edited by Foster + Partners
Courtesy by Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company PJSC (Masdar), Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners Masdar City



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