Special Issue "Sustainable Urbanization Strategies in Developing Countries"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2017)
Prof. Dr. Weisheng (Wilson) Lu
Office: KB 515, Department of Real Estate and Construction, Faculty of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong
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Interests: international competitiveness; strategic management; procurement innovation; corporate social responsibility; Building Information Modelling (BIM); smart construction; big data; Construction waste management with a focus on its managerial, economic, and policy facets
Prof. Vivian Tam
School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics, University of Western Sydney, Locked Bag 1797, Penrith, NSW 2751, Australia
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Interests: construction and project management; environmental management; sustainability; mega projects; sustainable construction; recycled concrete
Urbanization has been recognized by governments worldwide as one of the most important missions to boost global economic development, eradicate extreme poverty, reverse unsustainable growth, and protect the natural environment. The United Nations (UN) predicted that by 2050 about 64% of the population of the developing world and 86% of the developed world will be urbanized from a current base, whereby half of the world’s population is living in urban areas. Nevertheless, it is appreciated that urbanization in developing countries today often face greater challenges than their developed counterparts faced in such aspects as land and spatial development, resources and pollution, labor and skills, and funding. It is clear that urbanization programmes cannon be simply transplanted ‘off-the-shelf’ from developed countries. Neither is there a ‘one-size-fits-all’ progamme that can be implemented to developing countries with an acute need of sustainable urbanization.
While the triple bottom line of sustainable development, namely, social, environmental, and economical accountings, still stands in urbanization, there are emerging, relevant trends, such as smart and resilient cities, big data for city planning, smart construction and governance, urban metabolism and self-sufficiency, and urban renewable and regenerative cities. All these trends require researchers to transcend from traditional disciplinary silos and embrace a mindset of interdisciplinarity. All these trends are further intertwined with unique challenges of developing countries to make their sustainable urbanization strategies a particularly challenging research agenda of topicality and non-trivialities.
This Special Issue of Sustainability solicits original theoretical, methodological and empirical research papers, best practice and implementation on the above issues relating to “Sustainable Urbanization Strategies in Developing Countries”. Review and opinion papers that provide really critical perspectives on the state-of-the-art, research gaps and the further directions of topic are also welcome.
Prof. Liyin Shen
Dr. Weisheng Lu
Dr. Vivian W. Y. Tam
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- sustainable development
- developing economies
- smart city
- big data
- smart construction
- urban metabolism