Abu Dhabi’s New Building Typologies: Beyond the Transit City

  • Mohamed El Amrousi
Part of the Strategies for Sustainability book series (STSU)


Abu Dhabi through its 2030 Vision is reshaping much of its urban identity, creating new forms of architecture that manifest sustainable design and development of new building typologies aimed at retaining its communities and improving the quality of life of its large expatriate community, which in the past has conceptualized Abu Dhabi as a transit city. This paradigm shift from its pragmatic urban fabric, planned in the 1970s, is illustrated by the new forms of architecture and urban spaces that are emerging in mega projects that recontextualize the concept of the brise-soleil and advocate environmental design principles. Masdar provides a prominent example of how to design better buildings and urban spaces to improve the quality of life. Many of its buildings are planned to generate energy and implement passive cooling effects, and act as life-scale icons of sustainability for community education, exhibiting diverse facade treatments and environmental design principles.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Architecture and DesignAbu Dhabi UniversityAbu DhabiUAE

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