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
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
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: Simulating Future Urban Growth Patterns and its Energy Implications in Shanghai, China
Author: Haozhi Pan, Brian Deal, Xizhe Peng, Yina Zhang
Abstract: In sustainable urban scenario-planning practices, scholars have been adopting Planning Support Systems (PSSs) to forecast potential, future urban land-use transformation and evaluate its associated social and environmental impacts. The availability of of terrestrial carbon flux data from satellite-driven sources, and spatial energy use data from ground-driven sources, enables a spatially explicit, energy and GHG emission assessment to be included in a given PSS modeled scenario analysis. This additional information will help reduce uncertainty and avoid potential environmental market driven failures.
We do this through the application and enhancement of the University of Illinois’ Land use Evolution and Impact Assessment Model (LEAM) PSS. The LEAM PSS is a dynamic spatio-temporal simulation environment and visualization tool that has been useful in scenario planning exercises around the world. In this work, we used Shanghai neighborhood-level population data from the Sixth National Population Census of China as the starting point of our simulation, with policy scenario input from the Shanghai 2040 Master Plan. We then forecast future urban population distributions in the Shanghai region. We use the spatial energy usage and carbon flux data to produce spatially explicitly energy use demand impacts. From this we derive GHG and CO2e changes. We analyze these for each land-use scenario tested to discern least impact policy approaches. Throughout this example, we demonstrate the usefulness of current, spatially explicit environmental data in PSS development and information creation.
Title: Struggling for Equality - the Position of Informal Settlements in Sustainable Urbanization Strategies in South East Asia and the Pacific
Author: Paul Jones
Abstract: Sustainable urbanization strategies are posited as a major tool by which to achieve the sustainable development of growing cities. These plans and policies state the social, economic and environmental objectives, activities and processes of sustainable urbanization and urban areas. A major challenge for sustainable urbanization strategies is how to address the growth of informal settlements given many planning responses continue to take a hard-line view on their permanency, such as by evictions, demolition and resettlement. This paper looks at the range of challenges that come with the growth of informal settlements, and importantly, examines the different perspectives of how informal settlements are positioned and dealt with in urbanization policies, plans and practice in developing countries in South East Asia and the Pacific. The paper concludes with a call for a deeper understanding of the causes of informal settlements and more sympathetic planning responses within sustainable urbanization strategies.