Deadline for manuscript submissions: 26 February 2024
The impact of urban areas and cities on environmental degradation, climate change and socio-economic crises has dominated the debate on sustainability in the last few decades.
Urbanization represents a major contributor to climate change and biodiversity loss, two interrelated processes that profoundly affect the functioning and stability of ecosystems and, consequently, the overall quality of life for more than half of the world’s population. Therefore, the perspective of sustainable urbanization offers major opportunities to fight against poverty, inequality, unemployment, climate change and other pressing global challenges (UN-Habitat, 2020) on various spatial levels, from global to local.
The policy and planning interventions for coordinating urban functions and infrastructure construction is undoubtedly a crucial success factor for obtaining the urbanization right to achieve the goal of sustainable development. Different cities should integrate global goals into local land use plans and formulate sustainable development strategies according to their own resources, environment and development stage. That will also need the evaluation of the policy by assessing its contribution to make an inclusive, sustainable, healthy, and antifragile built environment to achieve the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
This Special Issue aims to investigate the barriers of meeting the SDGs in the urbanizing process and discuss tools and methods that can serve as the guidance of strategic urban planning and land use policy making.
In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcomed. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Sustainability evaluation framework;
- Urban planning and design;
- Land use strategies for sustainable development;
- Urban green spaces/public space planning;
- Socio-economic indicator and urban growth;
- Rapidly urbanizing regions;
- Simulation and evaluation models for planning.
Prof. Dr. Ivan Blecic
Dr. Valeria Saiu