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Building Sustainable Cities of the Future

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "G: Energy and Buildings".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 January 2021) | Viewed by 5453

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Guest Editor
Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, CB2 1PZ, UK // Arup, 13 Fitzroy St, London W1T 4BQ, UK
Interests: transport; air quality; built environment; electric power generation; sustainability; sustainable development

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Cities are the areas where most of us live, work, and play, and they will continue to be centers of human activity into the future with population growth and increased urbanization. Consequently, cities have an important role in delivering sustainable development.

Most of the cities of today will be the cities of the future. To meet the challenge of improving the sustainability of where we live now, we must understand the current state of our cities, articulate a vision of their sustainable future, and chart a path between where they are now and where we wish them to be. Transparent and robust metrics are necessary to measure out cities’ progress.

This Special Issue focuses on novel research and real-world case studies from which insights can be drawn on the fundamental components of a sustainable city, including: buildings; movement of goods and people; generation of power and heat; integrated planning; natural resources; resilience; habitat; governance; policy-making; and so on.

Authors should clearly identify:

  • Their vision of a sustainable city and proposed metrics to measure progress;
  • The novelty of their approach;
  • The scale of the impact, including a discussion of sensitivity and uncertainty;
  • How unintended consequences and problem shifting may be accounted for and mitigated;
  • Gaps in technology or policy necessary to deliver the research outcomes; and
  • The relevance of the research outcomes to other cities.

Dr. Justin Bishop
Guest Editor

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  • sustainability and sustainable development
  • human health and well-being
  • buildings and materials
  • integrated planning
  • natural environment
  • movement of goods and people
  • natural resources
  • ecological footprint
  • resilience
  • governance and policy-making

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21 pages, 2739 KiB  
Survey of Sustainable Regeneration of Historic and Cultural Cores of Cities
by Mehrdad Chahardowli, Hassan Sajadzadeh, Farshid Aram and Amir Mosavi
Energies 2020, 13(11), 2708; https://doi.org/10.3390/en13112708 - 28 May 2020
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The united nations educational, scientific and cultural organization (UNESCO) considers the historic urban landscapes as the world heritages. Managing historic city centers and maintaining historic cores are the emerging challenges for sustainable urban planning. Today, the historic cores form an important part of [...] Read more.
The united nations educational, scientific and cultural organization (UNESCO) considers the historic urban landscapes as the world heritages. Managing historic city centers and maintaining historic cores are the emerging challenges for sustainable urban planning. Today, the historic cores form an important part of the economic, social, environmental, and physical assets and capacities of contemporary cities, and play a strategic role in their development. One of the most important approaches to the development of central textures, especially in historical and cultural cities, is the sustainable urban regeneration approach, which encompasses all aspects of sustainability, such as the economic, social, cultural and environmental aspects. To maintain sustainability and regeneration of historic cores of cities, it is necessary to provide insight into the underlying characteristics of the local urbanization. Furthermore, the fundamental assets are to be investigated as indicators of sustainable regeneration and drivers of urban development. In the meantime, a variety of research and experience has taken place around the world, all of which has provided different criteria and indicators for the development of strategies for the historic cores of cities. The present study, through a meta-analytic and survey method, analyzing the experience and research reported in 139 theoretical and empirical papers in the last twenty years, seeks to provide a comprehensive conceptual model taking into account the criteria and indices of sustainable regeneration in historic cores of cities. The quality of the survey has been ensured using the preferred reporting items for systematic reviews and meta-analysis (PRISMA). Full article
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