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Sustainability 2015, 7(11), 14677-14688; doi:10.3390/su71114677

Planning, Development and Management of Sustainable Cities: A Commentary from the Guest Editors

School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment, Science and Engineering Faculty, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), 2 George Street, Brisbane QLD 4001, Australia
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Academic Editor: Marc A. Rosen
Received: 27 October 2015 / Revised: 27 October 2015 / Accepted: 27 October 2015 / Published: 3 November 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Planning, Development and Management of Sustainable Cities)
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Abstract

Cities are the most dramatic manifestations of human activities on the surface of the earth. These human-dominated organisms—i.e., cities—degrade natural habitats, simplify species composition, disrupt hydrological systems, and modify energy flow and nutrient cycling. Today, these consequential impacts of human activities, originated from population increase, rapid urbanization, high private motor vehicle dependency, deregulated industrialization and mass livestock production, are increasing exponentially and causing great deal of environmental, social, and economic challenges both at global and local scales. In such a situation, establishment of sustainable cities, through sustainable urban development practices, is seen as a potential panacea to combat these challenges responsibly, effectively, and efficiently. This paper offers a critical review of the key literature on the issues relating to planning, development and management of sustainable cities, introduces the contributions from the Special Issue, and speculates on the prospective research directions to place necessary mechanisms to secure a sustainable urban future for all. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainability; sustainable development; sustainable urban development; sustainable city; sustainable urban ecosystems; sustainability assessment; smart cities sustainability; sustainable development; sustainable urban development; sustainable city; sustainable urban ecosystems; sustainability assessment; smart cities
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Yigitcanlar, T.; Kamruzzaman, M. Planning, Development and Management of Sustainable Cities: A Commentary from the Guest Editors. Sustainability 2015, 7, 14677-14688.

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