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Urban Planning A.Y.

2010-2011

Professor Pier Carlo Palermo - Professor Davide Ponzini

Structure Plans and Development Projects: The case of Abu Dhabi

Lecture 23 – January 19, 2011

Urban Development Plans and Projects
1 Local context and planning system 2 Economic Vision 2030 3 Urban Structure Framework Plan

4 Agencies, private interests
5 Master Plan of Saadiyat Island

Criticisms

1 Local context, planning system
1960’s oil based development

1971-2004 monarchy ruled by Sheikh Zayed, main infrastructures: roads, airport, National Bank, Cultural Center…
From 2005 economic reforms fostered by Sheikh Khalifa

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planning system Abu Dhabi: 60% GDP of UAE About 90% of oil and natural resources Almost no taxation 2008 – 2013 public investment forecasted: 200 billion dollars Oligarchic government Simplified planning system .1 Local context.

Besides mining and energy (59%): military. . including urban expansion -diversifying the economic base of Abu Dhabi. education and tourism. chemical and biomedical. aerospace.2 Economic Vision 2030 Economic Vision 2030 plan for: -coordinating development policies. retail.

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in a strategic and coordinated way. […] while building a global capital with his own rich cultural heritage”. to guide urban development in the next quarter of a century .3 Urban Structure Framework Plan Stated goals: “to provide a strong and comprehensive foundation for the development of the city of Abu Dhabi. to guide urban development in the next quarter of a century.

social arrangements. culture and mores of this Arabic community” .3 Urban Structure Framework Plan Principles: Sustainable economy rather than uncontrolled growth “Abu Dhabi will manifest its role and stature as a capital city” “Abu Dhabi’s urban fabric and community infrastructure will enable the values.

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3 Urban Structure Framework Plan Urban development based on: -10 policy statements. -transportation scheme .

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3 Urban Structure Framework Plan Urban development based on: -10 policy statements. -transportation scheme -a land use scheme (without regulation tools) .

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3 Urban Structure Framework Plan
Urban development based on:
-10 policy statements,

-transportation scheme -a land use scheme (without regulation tools)
-districts and precincts.

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. -transportation scheme -a land use scheme (without regulation tools) -districts and precincts.3 Urban Structure Framework Plan Urban development based on: -10 policy statements. Implementation by negotiating in each project.

4 Agencies. created the Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC) for “assisting the provision of a world-class infrastructure which will fulfil the emirate’s ambitions of becoming a truly global destination of distinction” . 8-10 key actors in the real estate market: Aldar Properties. Al Qudra. Sorouh Real Estate. Urban Planning Council as an advisory and management without effective urban policy tools. Hydra. private interests AD government deciding about urban development.… Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA). Mubadala Development Company.

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8000 villas. 38. 2004 Gensler Master Plan .5 Master Plan of Saadiyat Island La Saadiyat Island 27 sq Km 28 billion dollar investment for 1 Cultural District and about 30 hotels.000 apartments.

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38.000 apartments. 2004 Gensler Master Plan 2006 SOM Master Plan 2007 EDAW Master Plan . 8000 villas.5 Master Plan of Saadiyat Island La Saadiyat Island 27 sq Km 28 billion dollar investment for 1 Cultural District and about 30 hotels.

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6 Criticism Expansion only: almost no intervention in the existing city Financial crisis and real estate value capture Vision without tools / projects and implementation Political vacuum and planning process .