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Special Issue "Design Innovations in Sustainable Buildings Driven by Emerging Technologies"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Green Building".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2023 | Viewed by 415

Special Issue Editors

1. Shenzhen International Graduate School, Tsinghua University, Shenzhen 518055, China
2. School of Architecture, Design and Planning, The University of Sydney, Darlington, NSW 2008, Australia
Interests: room acoustics; acoustic simulation; anomalous acoustic reflection
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1. School of Architecture and Design, Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing 100044, China
2. Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH), 8049 Zurich, Switzerland
Interests: sustainable building technology; green building design and construction; high-performance low-carbon buildings; net-zero-energy houses; human health; climate-adaptive design
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Dr. Chunxiao Wang
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Guest Editor
School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen 518060, China
Interests: sustainable landscape architecture; landscape heritage
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Since the beginning of the 21st century, our built environment has been reshaped by various emerging technologies to respond to the severe environmental and energy crises and provide healthier and more comfortable human habitats. To name a few, building-integrated solar photovoltaics changed how buildings are empowered, recycled materials changed what buildings are made of, digital fabrication and automated construction changed how buildings are built, and, most noticeable to end users, intelligent service systems and products changed how buildings interact with people. These technologies and their influence on the built environment have been extensively explored in the existing literature.

This Special Issue, however, focuses on how architectural design has been and could be changed by emerging technologies. As the starting point of the life cycle, architecture design plays a vital role not only in the functionality and aesthetics of buildings, but also in their sustainability. Only with appropriate designs can emerging technologies realize their full potential in the built environment, just like Le Corbusier’s modern architecture making full use of concrete and steel, and Frank Gehry’s fabulous geometries promoting computer-aided design. Now, in the current era with more exciting technologies and more urgent environmental and energy problems, it is again time to explore opportunities in design to facilitate sustainability, energy efficiency, and health in buildings, especially since this has been largely overlooked by scientific research.

This Special Issue aims to report current and promising innovations in sustainable architecture design theories, methods, and outcomes, distinguishable from normal practice, as an immediate result of emerging technologies, providing new perspectives and possibilities for pursuing energy efficiency, low environmental impact, zero carbon, human health, as well as beauty and pleasantness in the built environment. The scope includes but is not limited to new paradigms of sustainable architectural design, performance-based and/or AI-aided design tools and workflows, and novel architectural aesthetics and/or occupant experience brought by heuristic integrations of technologies. While design is partially a creative process, the superiority of the design innovations is expected to be clearly demonstrated by empirical investigations, such as measurements of built cases, simulations of envisaged designs, and/or subjective evaluations by occupants.

You may choose our Joint Special Issue in Buildings.

Dr. Shuai Lu
Dr. Junjie Li
Dr. Chunxiao Wang
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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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. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly 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 2200 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.


  • sustainable building
  • building energy consumption
  • renewable energy
  • design innovation
  • computational design
  • intelligent building

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