Plan Al Ain 2030 Wins the Coveted 2009 ISOCARP Award for Excellence

Published November 11th, 2009 - 03:26 GMT

Plan Al Ain 2030, the urban structure framework plan for Al Ain city, created by Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC), the agency responsible for the future of Abu Dhabi’s urban environment, has been awarded the highly acclaimed 2009 ISOCARP Award for Excellence. The unique masterplan has won this recognition for being the best strategic regional planning initiative.

The International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP) Awards for Excellence are conferred in recognition of exceptional innovative urban and regional initiatives that best expressed the theme of the 45th ISOCARP World Congress on “Low Carbon Cities” held last month in Porto, Portugal. 

The visionary Plan Al Ain 2030, which was unveiled by the UPC in April 2009, presents a coherent picture for the future of Al Ain as an environmentally, socially and economically sustainable city. It proposes new ways to grow and leverage the economic opportunities at hand without sacrificing the agricultural character of the city – and adds new elements to make it a dynamic hub of knowledge in the modern global economy.

“The ISOCARP Award for Excellence is beyond doubt one of the most significant global recognitions in the realm of urban planning. This award is a clear testament of our commitment to formulate and implement world class sustainable urban structure frameworks for the key regions of our Emirate, as we progress towards achieving the key objectives of the Plan Abu Dhabi 2030,” said H.E Falah Al Ahbabi, General Manager, Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council”.

Known as Plan Al Ain 2030, the masterplan was developed based on inspirational sessions with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces and Chairman of the Executive Council; meetings between representatives of the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council and senior representatives of Al Ain Municipality and the Abu Dhabi Government.

"Our objective for creating Plan Al Ain 2030 masterplan is to make a difference for Al Ain’s future generations by designing structures that can enhance sustainable social, cultural, environmental and economic aspects of the city. For us, heritage means a past with a vision. Al Ain is part of our overall 2030 vision for the Abu Dhabi Emirate, a vision that is inspired by our history and crafted for future generations," added an elated Al Ahbabi.

ISOCARP is a global, non-governmental organisation, a network of professional planners, recognised by the United Nations, UNESCO and the Council of Europe. Members of ISOCARP are planners and other stakeholders involved in the development and maintenance of the built environment.

The ISOCARP Awards for Excellence intend to stimulate and promote innovative spatial projects (urban and/ or regional), successfully elaborated and/ or implemented by local, regional, national authorities or other institutions and thus improving natural and built environment, quality of life and cultural development. This year special emphasis has been given to projects recognising the importance and significance of spatial and environmental planning in the era of climate change and globalisation and the participatory planning processes.

The 2009 ISOCARP Excellence Awards have been conferred to organisations in three categories of planning levels: district planning/urban design; urban/city planning; and strategic/regional planning. Besides UPC, the Beijing Changxindian Low Carbon Community Concept Plan has won the district planning/urban design category and New Comprehensive Planning of Wuhan has been adjudged as the winner in the urban/city planning category.

The 2009 ISOCARP Awards for Excellence were officially presented at the award ceremony on World Town Planning Day (8th November 2009) in Gdansk, Poland.

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