Special Issue "Buildings, Design and Climate Change"
A special issue of Buildings (ISSN 2075-5309).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2015)
Climate change is increasingly acknowledged as a significant global challenge. The full extent of the momentum of change, its implications for our cities and landscapes, is still emerging, but it the imperative to act now is abundantly clear. Across the world we see a shift to resilient development strategies, renewable energies and low carbon technologies in order to adapt to and mitigate against unpredictable weather events, rising sea levels, soaring urban temperatures. Increasingly, climate-related developments are facilitated by legislative frameworks and financial structures being put in place in order to respond to issues of human risk posed by environmental change.
At the same time, the implications of climate change for the spatiality of our built and natural environments, for building forms, community structures and patterns of life, landscapes and urban design are far-reaching and complex. They call for political action, new financial models, renewable community-based energy design and behavioral change. Tomorrow’s ‘Places of Climate Change’ are fundamentally about the wellbeing of future generations. Climate change design calls for new architectural and landscape design paradigms. Moreover, new ways of conceiving forms for living in a changed environment, of re-shaping what already exists, will require integrated, muti-disciplinary thinking where the role of creative, design thinking is paramount.
This Special Issue of Buildings examines the role of creativity and design in buildings, in the space between buildings and the natural environment for climate change. It calls for papers that explore the role of design in a broad sense, ranging from design of policy or finance, to buildings or landscape. The issue puts design and imagination at the heart of the climate change debate to integrate and explore visions for new ways of living in a world transformed by climate change.
Prof. Dr. David Dernie
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. Buildings 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 550 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.
- climate change
- building design
- urban landscape design
- urban heat island
- sustainable urban infrastructures