Evaluating sustainable urban form and economics in creating 'complete sustainable communities'- The case of sustainable social housing in U.A.E

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Creation of “Sustainable Cities and Communities” is one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that make up the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The roadmap for achieving sustainable cities integrates the principles of sustainable urban forms and their underlying economic principles along with the social and environmental dimensions of sustainability. The Emirate of Abu Dhabi in the UAE has commenced with optimism a challenging journey of sustainable urbanism through the strategic implementation of the ‘Abu Dhabi Vision Plan 2030' in contrast to the conventional neighbourhood planning and design approach. Complete Sustainable Communities (CSC) has become the principal aim of all development projects envisaged in the Vision following the launch in 2010 of ESTIDAMA - the sustainability initiative of Abu Dhabi Government. This paper is an attempt at evaluating the emergent sustainable communities with a view to benchmarking the level of sustainability achieved in two social housing projects located in Al Ain City in Abu Dhabi Emirate, UAE, through a systematic application of the principles of sustainable urban form and associated economic principles. Benchmarking of the projects was done by comparing an assessment framework matrix of sustainability indicators with the design standards and guidelines used by consultants to formulate the two social housing projects. Primary data for the study was sourced from a questionnaire survey of project consultants along with physical site inspections, while secondary data was sourced from extensive literature review. A two-level data analysis was undertaken to evaluate and benchmark the emergent urban forms of the two social housing projects. The first level of data analysis involved a qualitative evaluation of the design standards and guidelines used for the projects, while the second level of analysis involved aggregation of the outcomes at the sustainability indicator level. The two-level analysis was designed to evaluate the differential impacts of the design standards, principles of sustainable urban form, and associated economic principles in achieving complete sustainable communities. The study findings are used as guides in identifying the challenges that may obstruct the achievement of similar ‘complete' sustainable communities in the future. The research concludes with a discussion of indicators of sustainability of urban forms as an input for planning complete sustainable communities in the UAE’s social housing sector.
Abstract ID :
ISO569
Submission Type
manager- urban projects
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Nael General Group

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