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Special Issue "Low Energy Architecture and Low Carbon Cities: Exploring Links, Scales, and Environmental Impacts"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 29 February 2020.
Interests: life cycle assessment; embodied carbon; circular economy; sustainable development; global south; education for sustainability; trust and collaboration
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Projected population growth and urbanization rates will create a huge demand for new buildings and put an unprecedented pressure on the natural environment and its limited resources. Architectural design has often focused on passive or low-energy approaches to reduce the energy consumption of buildings but it is evident that a more holistic, whole-life based mindset is imperative. On another scale, the movement for, and global initiatives around, low carbon cities promise to deliver the built environment of tomorrow, in harmony with the natural boundary of our planet, the societal needs of its human habitants, and the required growth for economic prosperity. However, cities are made up of individual buildings and this intimate relationship is often poorly understood and under-researched. This is what this special issue aims to explore, and contributions are sought from architects, engineers, urban planners, social scientists, industrial ecologists, circular economists and supply chain experts to reflect the magnitude of the challenge and its trans-disciplinary nature. A bottom up approach could inform to what extent low-energy architectural principles can effectively deliver a low carbon city. Conversely, a top-down level of analysis could shed light on the likelihood that the drive for low carbon cities can actually produce low energy buildings. These are only the two extremes of the research contributions being sought, and we would welcome articles that also look into practical challenges, such as, but not limited to, innovative structural systems, urban scale environmental impact assessments, and the scalability of low carbon solutions from a building to an urban dimension.
Our aim is to contribute an outstanding collection of research papers to the interdisciplinary field of built environment sustainability. It is hoped that authors will see this as an opportunity to go beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries and engage more broadly with the complex issue of providing a built environment that can meet future human and natural requirements.
Dr. Francesco Pomponi
Dr. Bernardino D’Amico
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.
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 1700 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.
- low carbon cities
- low energy buildings
- sustainability transitions
- circular economy
- low carbon development