Special Issue "Density and Sustainability"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 July 2014)
Dr. Joo Hwa (Philip) Bay
Faculty of Humanities, School of Built Environment, Architecture and Interior, Curtin University of Technology, Kent Street, Bentley Campus, WA6012, Australia
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Interests: sustainable architecture; social and environmental sustainability; density, community and sustainability; holistic green rating systems
‘Density and Sustainability’ are both complex and challenging issues. In most rapidly developing cities, the economic demands tend to push population into the city core causing great strains on the infrastructure and living environments. Owing to the high cost of living spaces in the city and poor designs, many would live further away and commute by automobiles if there are no trains or more sustainable alternatives. In some cities, the living conditions are so bad both physically and social-culturally that people start to move out of the city core to suburbs, to retire, to work relying on the internet and minimum commuting, or to change career and lifestyle. Bay (2010), demonstrated with a viable case for high-rise high-density village with very high levels of sense of belonging and security, and success in greening and comfort for living environment with almost nil-usage of the air-conditioner. The concept of the socio-climatic beyond the bio-climatic and the more holistic approach to sustainability by understanding the correlations of the social and the environmental dimensions were discussed from town planning, urban design, bottom-up conservations of traditional places, and other perspectives. While these provide a useful starting point, much remains to be done. This special issue seeks contributions from scholars and practitioners whose theoretical or practical works address density and sustainability at various levels, from city planning and urban designs down to architectural designs.
Dr. Joo-Hwa (Philip) Bay
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- social sustainability
- environmental sustainability