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Special Issue "Sustainability and Urban Metabolism"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Massimo Palme

Universidad Católica del Norte, Escuela de Arquitectura, Antofagasta, Chile
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Interests: urban studies; building performance simulation; urban physics; building physics; sustainable development; climate change mitigation and adaptation
Guest Editor
Dr. Agnese Salvati

Cambridge Architectural Research Ltd., Cambridge, UK
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Interests: urban climate; microclimate modelling; urban heat island; climate change; urban energy modelling; urban form; building energy modelling; urban sustainability; urban resilience

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Achieving sustainable development will only be possible if cities efficiency increase flows management (water, energy, food, materials, information). This Special Issue focuses on the relationship between sustainable development goals and the metabolism of cities. Authors from different disciplines (architecture and urban planning, ecology, economy, and social sciences) are invited to submit their ideas about the challenge of improving the metabolic cycles of built environments. Both theoretical and applied research articles are welcome.

Suggested topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Cities as dissipative structures
  • Urban Heat Island
  • Cities' energy management
  • Information, entropy and the city
  • Built environment and climate change
  • The size of the city and the energy consumption
  • Materials flows across the city
  • Relation between the city and the country in food production
  • Urban ecosystems
  • Urban microclimate

Prof. Massimo Palme
Dr. Agnese Salvati
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • sustainable urban development
  • urban metabolism
  • energy efficiency
  • urban ecology

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.

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