Special Issue "Urban Morphology, Sustainability, and Regional Development"
A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2023) | Viewed by 4436
Interests: urbanization processes; metropolization processes; urban history; urban morphology; urban landscape; urban heritage
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(1) Introduction, including scientific background and highlighting the importance of this research area.
This Special Issue focuses on the relationship between urban morphology and sustainable territorial development.
The study of urban morphology has a long tradition and a notable multidisciplinary and cross-cutting character (urbanism and urban planning, geography, history, archaeology, architecture, landscaping, etc.) since the beginning of the 20th century (Otto Schlüter). For more than a century, the main thematic axes have been the analysis of urban forms and the processes and the urbanizing agents that have shaped them (morphogenesis). These issues have been treated, preferably, through analysis of the mapping of physical morphology and by studying the zoning of land uses and the spatial distribution of social groups (socioeconomic morphology).
More recent approaches have been incorporated into these approaches. Thus, the environmental point of view that is manifested in urban ecology, urban landscape and heritage emphasizes the identification of physical morphology with the urban landscape and its conservation and protection as heritage value.
More recently, the need to insist on the analysis of the nature of urbanization processes and of current urban models (compact urban versus urban sprawl) in relation to the sustainable development of cities and the territory in general has been added. Therefore, current research on urban morphology focuses more on the study of the impact of urban form on people's lives and their environment. They are new approaches that are committed to new paradigms related to "good urban form" (Lynch, 1981) and the "art of creating habitable places" (Hall, 2014).
These new paradigms are closely related to the Sustainable Development Goals proposed by the United Nations in 2015, which are aimed at the sustainability of urban settlements as inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable places (SDG 11). On the other hand, in its validity and consolidation, the incidence of COVID-19 and the effects of urban morphology on public health have become important. In the wake of COVID-19, a lot of speculation has been put on the design of the post-pandemic city. This discussion has highlighted the key role of urban morphology and brought the principles of sustainable urbanism and the discussion around spatial indicators towards healthy and sustainable cities back to the spotlight. Moreover, the quality of visual elements and cognition of space coupled with the aesthetic form in responsive environments is still underdeveloped. Calls to link urban morphology with big data under the smart city paradigm also continue to provide valuable insights into the liveability of cities in different scales with various indicators guiding decisions towards the promotion of healthy and sustainable cities.
(2) Aim of the Special Issue and how the subject relates to the journal scope.
The theme of this Special Issue is pertinent to the aim of the journal, as it will build upon the discussion on the role of urban morphology in sustainable development within the urban context with clear implications in urban planning and urban design. Primary research findings are expected to have practical design implications in decision making and policy processes.
Starting from the premise that the quality of urban spaces is conditioned by the morphological characteristics of the urban layout of which they form a part, it is essential to seek progress in the analysis of urban quality, according to the triple requirement of the SDGs: safety, inclusiveness and accessibility. It is for this that the prior identification of indicators is necessary to determine the level of sustainability of the urban forms of the 21st century and the incorporation of big data to their study.
(3) Suggested themes and article types for submissions.
For this Special Issue we are interested in contributions that link urban morphology or urban form with urban design, well-being and environmental attributes. Methodologically speaking empirical research or conceptual/theoretical works will be considered, examining any key processes, including, but not limited to:
- Urban land uses;
- Urban ecology;
- Sustainable forms of urban mobility;
- Strategies to improve habitability conditions in cities;
- Urban morphology and sustainable urban design;
- Urban models: compact city and dispersed and diffuse city;
- Resilience theory and urban form;
- Urban morphology and urban analytics;
- Urban morphology and environmental hazards;
- Integrated plans to promote resilience against risks and disasters;
- Urban morphology and thermal environment;
- Universal access to green infrastructure and safe public spaces;
- Urban form and environmental qualities;
- Urban morphology and well-being/life quality;
- Heritage value of urban forms with the aim of advancing in sustainable territorial development;
- Policies and planning actions for peripheral neighbourhoods and peri-urban areas;
- Measures to control the excessive consumption of land and preserve natural ecosystems in cities.
Many unanswered questions remain regarding the links between urban morphology and sustainable territorial development. Contributions to this Special Issue could serve to provide some answers.
We invite articles that link the urban forms, urbanizing processes and agents with comprehensive and sustainable urban development, socioeconomic development and environmental development.
Prof. Dr. Carmen Delgado-Viñas
Dr. Efstathios Margaritis
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