Special Issue "Integrated Strategies for Sustainable Territorial Design"

A special issue of Designs (ISSN 2411-9660).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Luis Loures
Guest Editor
VALORIZA, Research Center for Endogenous Resource Valorization, Instituto Politécnico de Portalegre, Portalegre, Portugal
Interests: urban planning; landscape reclamation; urban redevelopment; the use of urban planning as a tool for achieving sustainable development
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Dr. Vera Barradas

Guest Editor
Instituto Politécnico de Portalegre, Portalegre, Portugal
Interests: sustainable design; eco-design; local brands; endogenous resources
Ms. Ana Loures
Guest Editor
VALORIZA, Research Center for Endogenous Resource Valorization, Polytechnic Institute of Portalegre, Portugal
Interests: sustainable design; territorial approach; spatial impact; visual quality assessment

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The ongoing territorial transformation worldwide has raised global concern, creating the momentum to study, assess, and envision new development strategies involving design as a key-factor to rethink the way we plan and promote local development. This is especially true for low-density territories, currently suffering from accelerated land-use change processes, in which the enhancement and the creation of added value to endogenous products poses significant challenges for designers in terms of product, packaging, and creation of visual and graphic identities able to translate values ​​and cultures to their territories.

In this regard, the present Special Issue intends to address subjects such as design for sustainability; design for valorization of the territory and endogenous resources; valorization of endogenous resources brands; and design and branding for sustainability, among others.

We aim to put forward research that presents sustainable design as a catalyzer and key-element to enable transition to an increasingly sustainable society, strongly connected to local territories. 

Dr. Luis Loures
Dr. Vera Barradas
Ms. Ana Loures
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. Designs is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly 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 1000 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.


  • Design and branding for sustainability
  • Sustainable design
  • Low density territories
  • Visual and graphic identity
  • Packaging
  • Intelligent design
  • Local development
  • Sustainable society
  • Life cycle assessment

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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