Plan Abu Dhabi 2030, the Urban structure Framework Plan, is designed to help Abu Dhabi filter and respond to current and future development needs, establish a planning culture and introduced strong guiding principles for new development. Everything we have covered in this Urban Design Course so far can be seen in plans for Abu Dhabi 2030. Issues include transportation, parking, alternative transportations and mass transit, green building and construction, pedestrian traffic, ferry traffic, Energy and Efficiency. The UPC also works closely with other municipal heads such as the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD), Abu Dhabi Municipality and Masdar City Officials.
All of this is being implemented on the basis that the cities population will increase 3 forld over the next 20 years. Being carefull not to “Sprawl” The UPC is working with architects and planners to ensure the fluid transition to the future with an ideal dense urban fabric that can accomodate the population growth.
Cities all over the world are beginning to take a sustainable responsiblility and this is is not a trend, rather it seems to be imperative as the name indicates. On a more local scale we can see programs and organizations that perhaps we are more familliar with. Most of us have heard of things like Leed, Ashrae, and Southface. The next case study will be focusing on the city of Atlantas Green initiatives. There are a couple of organizations working in Atlanta currently to begin to implement sustainable ordinances into building codes that are adaptable to Leed Standards. The primary organization is Southface. Although SouthFace is not a government organization they are workin very closely with local jurisdiction and town hall officials.
Mayor Shirley Franklin has made a commitment to transform the City of Atlanta into a world-class leader in sustainability. By the year 2030, she is dedicated to achieving zero net carbon emissions from buildings in the city.