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Special Issue "Operationalizing the Circular City Model for Metropolitan and Port Cities Regeneration: Multiple Approaches, Tools and Evaluations"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Luigi Fusco Girard

Department of Architecture, University of Naples Federico II, Via Roma, 402, 80132, Napoli, Italy
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

As we all know, cities play a central role in the achievement of sustainable development. Cities (and in particular metropolitan cities) can represent a threat in the achievement of sustainable development but, at the same time, they can become the starting point to implement sustainable principles and goals. Many of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs of Agenda 2030) can be achieved in a city/territory.

Growing urbanization costs and natural resource depletion require the identification of new creative models to increase urban productivity in financial/economic, environmental and social dimensions.

It is necessary to rethink traditional models, exploring, and critically assessing integrated alternative development models.

Considering the “circular paradigm” as a way for implementing the urban regenerative strategy, this Special Issue aims to explore how cities, and in particular metropolitan cities and port cities are implementing circular economy in their agendas, reducing systemic entropy, increasing resilience and making port areas as drivers for the city regeneration.

Many cities are moving towards this new urban circular metabolism, but the “circular city”—as the reflection of the circular economy—is a still discussed concept in the international debate, representing a rich field of research.

The aim is to investigate practices of metropolitan and port cities that are creatively adopting circular economy as a “regenerative strategy” to achieve sustainable development, with a particular focus on operational tools and conditions of success, demonstrating the convenience in economic, social and environmental/spatial terms.

In particular, the researchers are invited to investigate about the following issues:

  • How metropolitan and port cities are including circular economy in their development strategies: new tools towards the “smart circular city model”;
  • Circular metropolitan strategies for making "inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities" and for implementing other SDG’s: the role of the port system;
  • Appropriate decision support system, tools, indicators, knowledge and data able to assess/monitor/improve the performances of the “circular city model”;
  • Good practices evaluations of circular economy implementation focused on multiple dimensions (and in particular on the social dimension of circular economy);
  • Big Data and circular economy/circular city planning;
  • The “circular city model” as the “Smart City model”: the role of utilities and ICT;
  • The role of cultural heritage and cultural landscape in public space making, to increase economic productivity and interpersonal connectivity in the fragmented city, reducing systemic entropy, reconnecting people to places and implementing the circular metropolitan city model;
  • New business models, new financing and governance tools in the “circular city” for improving efficiency and competitiveness;
  • The civic engagement to operationalize the circular paradigm

Prof. Dr. Luigi Fusco Girard
Guest Editor


  • creative metropolitan city organization/metabolism
  • circular economy
  • circular city model
  • circular business/ financing/ governance
  • circular built / natural environment planning

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Open AccessArticle An Overview of Problems and Solutions for Urban Freight Transport in Brazilian Cities
Sustainability 2018, 10(4), 1233; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10041233
Received: 23 March 2018 / Revised: 10 April 2018 / Accepted: 13 April 2018 / Published: 18 April 2018
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Urban freight transport is a challenge for Brazilian cities due to the lack of adequate planning for freight flow movement. Public managers also show negligence and a lack of awareness when dealing with urban logistics. Decision-support data on urban freight transport are still
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Urban freight transport is a challenge for Brazilian cities due to the lack of adequate planning for freight flow movement. Public managers also show negligence and a lack of awareness when dealing with urban logistics. Decision-support data on urban freight transport are still scarce, despite being of fundamental value to economic development. With this in mind, this paper presents problems and solutions regarding urban freight transport in Brazilian cities. Data were obtained through a survey conducted in nine cities and analysed by means of descriptive statistics and the successive intervals method. Additionally, a cluster analysis was performed to identify patterns regarding the typical characteristics of each city in order to compare and generalise the perception of retailers regarding problems and solutions at the national level. The results indicate divergent opinions among retailers from different cities, even from cities with similar socioeconomic profiles and urban dynamics. The municipalities which demonstrated the most similarities were (i) Betim and Niteroi, in the Southeast of Brazil; (ii) Palmas and Quixada, in the North and Northeast, respectively; and (iii) Palmas and Caruaru, also in the North and Northeast. The results reinforce the importance of studying the local context and involving stakeholders in the process of planning urban logistics solutions. Full article

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