The Masdar City Master Plan plays a central role in enabling the city’s success in achieving its sustainability goals. The main components of the city’s Master Plan are:
Orientation -- seeking the maximum efficiency gains at the lowest cost by optimally orienting the city grid and buildings to minimise solar heat gain on building walls and the street, while maximising cooling nighttime breezes.
Integration -- all aspects of city life are integrated so work, entertainment, recreation and home are all in close proximity, for convenience and to minimise use of transportation.
Low rise, high density – most buildings are no more than five storeys.
Vibrant urban realm – in the city, as much focus has been put on the public spaces between the buildings, as well on the buildings themselves. Thus, the streets and squares invite people to enjoy the outdoors, where they interact and engage with fellow students, residents, professionals and visitors.
Pedestrian focused – this means narrow, shaded streets, and pleasant shaded walkways and other paths that encourage walking. The integrated nature of the city means it’s not far to walk to many destinations, while convenient transportation also supports this pedestrian focus.
High quality of life – the city is committed to offering the highest quality work and living experience with the lowest possible environmental footprint.