urban design & master planners

Abu Dhabi Design Charrette

CBD Expansion

New Mainland Capital Core

CBD Expansion

Land Use Framework

Plan Abu Dhabi 2030 / United Arab Emirates

CLIENT: Abu Dhabi Executive Affairs Authority

METRO AREA: 150,000 Hectares




- 2009 ISOCARP Awards for Excellence

  The International Society of City

  and Regional Planners

- 2008 Award for Planning Excellence

  Canadian Institute of Planners

- 2008 Award of Excellence

  British Columbia Institute of Planners

CIVITAS was invited to form a team with Busby Perkins + Will to lead a 6-month planning process for a long-term urban structure framework plan and set of guiding urban design principles that responded to the growth pressures of the Capital City. The resulting plan established a 20-year guiding vision that balances environmental, economic, and cultural concerns, including:

• A protected coastal wetland and island ecology;
• A desert ‘sand belt’ to limit urban sprawl;
• Preserving the existing CBD as the primary
financial core;
• A new secondary Capital District as a
government and learning centre;
• New growth directed to select and available
infill sites; and,
• The retention of established Emirati

The framework process included 2 week-long design workshops in Abu Dhabi with the participation of 17 international and local experts.

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