Special Issue "Redefining Cities and Planning under the Twin Smart and Green Transition"

A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X). This special issue belongs to the section "Land Planning and Architecture".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2023 | Viewed by 111

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Nicos Komninos
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Guest Editor
Urban and Regional Innovation Research (URENIO), Faculty of Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 54124 Thessaloniki, Greece
Interests: smart cities; intelligent cities; innovation systems; innovation strategy; urban and regional planning
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

An interdisciplinary theoretical formulation focuses on the ongoing transformation of cities and planning under the influence of the twin smart and green transition, bringing together contributions from urban studies, smart city systems, sustainability and climate change, spatial planning, transition management, and system innovation research. The digital (or smart) transition is a major driver of this transformation of cities and refers to the application of smart systems, sensor networks, IoT, cloud computing, big data, AI, and other digital technologies, which change all urban ecosystems, and planning strategies also. The green transition is another important driver of urban transformation with a systemic impact. Guided by objectives of sustainability, circularity, clean energy, and adaptation to climate change, it broadens the horizon of urban change due to its transversal nature across ecosystems, science disciplines, and spatial scales. The combined smart-green transition is shaping 21st-century cities and encompasses all urban ecosystems in the domains of manufacturing, energy, utilities, transport, services, and housing, though the conditions, technologies, science, and models of transformation are specific to each ecosystem and change from one to the other. The objective of the Special Issue is to look into these processes and assess whether new patterns of city organization and new planning models, which deviate radically from 20th-century cities, are forming under the impact of the twin transition. Following a “system-of-systems” perspective of cities, we invite original papers that discuss new organization and planning models for any city ecosystem. The Special Issue plans to give an overview of the most recent advances in the field of cities and planning, and identify emerging city patterns and models that allow mastering the transformation of cities driven by the twin digital and green transition as an opportunity for a radical change of city ecosystems, innovation leapfrogging, and system innovation.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • new structures in cities under the impact of the twin transition;
  • urban modeling using big data and real-time data; smart-green planning models for the 21st-century cities;
  • city readiness for climate change; mobility-as-a-service and re-organization of the mobility ecosystem;
  • planning for smart campuses;
  • planning for net zero cities and districts;
  • planning for vision zero to eliminate severe accidents;
  • positive energy cities and districts;
  • cyber-physical networks in urban innovation hubs.

Prof. Dr. Nicos Komninos
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • urban transformation
  • city ecosystem
  • city-as-a-platform
  • smart city
  • intelligent city
  • green city
  • climate-neutral city
  • net zero energy district
  • circular city
  • mobility-as-a-service
  • digital transition
  • green transition
  • city model
  • planning model

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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