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Replacing Land-Use Planning with Localized Form-Based Codes in the United Arab Emirates: A Proposed Method

Architectural Engineering Department, College of Engineering, United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain 15551, UAE
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Received: 29 January 2019 / Revised: 7 March 2019 / Accepted: 11 March 2019 / Published: 14 March 2019
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Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), is one of the pioneering cities in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region that have recently prepared urban sustainability agendas for their cities. Nonetheless, the recently developed urban neighborhoods in Abu Dhabi mostly rely on Land Use planning and their urban forms are still missing essential sustainability qualities. The Form-Based Code (FBC), a sustainable planning tool that helps realize sustainable urban forms, is suggested in this research as an alternative for the conventional Land Use planning currently applied for new urban neighborhoods in Abu Dhabi. The research adopted a method for ‘localizing’ the global tenets and initiation processes of FBCs that outfit the local urban conditions. The investigation of the locally applied form-related regulations and guidelines revealed that they could be transformed into a localized FBC, but still lack some essential components of the FBC’s principles while the community involvement in initiating them was fairly limited. The research examined the applicability of this localized FBC model through interviewing the concerned stakeholders to identify the challenges that might face the adoption of it. The research concluded with recommending a set of actions for implementing the model in Abu Dhabi and other cities sharing similar urban circumstances. View Full-Text
Keywords: Form-Based Code (FBC); sustainable urban form; neighborhood design; MENA; Abu Dhabi; UAE Form-Based Code (FBC); sustainable urban form; neighborhood design; MENA; Abu Dhabi; UAE
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Khalid Sabri, A.; Galal Ahmed, K. Replacing Land-Use Planning with Localized Form-Based Codes in the United Arab Emirates: A Proposed Method. Land 2019, 8, 47.

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