Special Issue "Cities' Spatial Structure and Drivers of its Transformation"

A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 December 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. hab. Katarzyna Fagiewicz
Guest Editor
Department of Integrated Geography, Adam Mickiewicz University, 62-080 Lusowo, Poland
Interests: structure, functioning, and planning of landscape systems (with an emphasis on degraded and postmining areas); regional spatial planning in urban and metropolitan areas; urban ecology; nature-based solutions
Dr. hab. Damian Łowicki
Guest Editor
Department of Integrated Geography, Adam Mickiewicz University, 61-688 Poznań, Poland
Interests: landscape ecology; land-use management; landscape metrics; land-use changes; ecosystem services; urban-rural gradient
Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Urlich Waltz
Guest Editor
Faculty of Agriculture / Environment / Chemistry, Dresden University of Applied Sciences; 01069 Dresden, Germany
Interests: landscape ecology; geographic information systems; ecology/environmental protection; forest and visualization of landscape changes; analysis and assessment of land use in the cultural landscape

Special Issue Information

The main focus of the Special Issue is the spatial structure of the urban fabric and its transformation within cities considered as social–ecological systems. Its content focuses on the theoretical approach and provide solutions for the improvement of policies and practices involved in the process of urban transformation.  The integrated approach to land management in urban areas should also be considered.

It will firstly address issues related to the challenges of economic, social, and spatial transformation of urban areas.

The Special Issue will be based on submission papers that focus on spatial structure optimization strategies for urban areas and good practices for their sustainable development. 

Within this frame, key themes can include

  • The transformation of the urban socio–economic spatial structure;
  • Urban development, planning, and design sustainability;
  • The urban spatial and functional structure as a determinant of quality of life;
  • Method of postindustrial land transformation;
  • The rules of urban transformation and their enforcement;
  • The dynamics of urban landscapes;
  • Cities between sprawl and compaction;
  • The transition of the urban fabric towards eco-cities;
  • The spatial dimension of urbanization and its changes from the global perspective.

The proposed Special Issue will be based on the aims of The Third World Conference of the Society for Urban Ecology, which will take place 6–8 July 2020 in Poznań, Poland. The leading theme of the conference is “Cities as Social–Ecological Systems”.

Preference will be given to the papers selected for presentation during the SURE2020 Conference.

Please note: The presentation during the SURE 2020 Conference does not guarantee that the paper will be accepted for the Special Issue. External submissions with new interdisciplinary results might also be considered for the publication.

Dr. hab. Katarzyna Fagiewicz
Dr. hab. Damian Łowicki
Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Urlich Waltz
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.

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cities as socio-ecological systems; urban structure and composition; spatial analysis; urban transformation; urban sprawl; urban planning and design; sustainability; urban post-industrial areas

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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