Special Issue "Sustainable Development in the High-Density Built Environment: An Evidence-Based Practice Approach"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Rita Yi Man Li
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HKSYU Real Estate and Economics Research Lab, Hong Kong Shue Yan University, Hong Kong, China
Interests: construction safety; sustainable building; housing economics; real estate economics and finance
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Adjunct Prof. Xiao-Guang Yue
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Department of Computer Science and Engineering, School of Sciences, European University Cyprus (EUC), Nicosia 1516, Cyprus
Interests: Data Mining; Machine Learning; Sustainability
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Evidence-based practice (EBP) aims to narrow the gap between research and practice, and is well-known as the “what works” agenda. Researchers often need to gather evidence about what works, under what circumstances, and by what means to generate the desired results. This typically involves research question formulation, a systematic literature review, findings appraisal, findings applications, and considerations of practice and results evaluation. While this approach has been used widely in medical, health, and psychological research in the past, it is now gaining attention in other areas such as public management, employment, and education analysis. There has been, however, a lack of research in the real estate-related area.

Besides, the density of the human habitat is increasing, leading to so-called walled buildings and the associated heat island effect, which pose a significant challenge to humankind. While it is virtually impossible to turn the tide back to low-density rural habitats, living in sustainable built environments has become one of the most critical agendas in many urban cities. This Special Issue aims to apply EBP in high-density wall buildings with a particular focus on sustainability to fill the research void. Suggested topics that utilise the EPB approach are welcome, which include, but not limited to, the following:

  • Sustainability and walled building prices
  • Sustainable skyscraper construction safety
  • Smart home indoor sustainability
  • Sustainable land use
  • Sustainable urban planning for high-density cities

Dr. Rita Yi Man Li
Adjunct Prof. Xiao-Guang Yue
Guest Editors

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Sustainable Policy Dynamics—A Study on the Recent “Bust” of Foreign Residential Real Estate Investment in Sydney
Sustainability 2019, 11(20), 5856; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11205856 - 22 Oct 2019
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We undertook an autopsy of the drivers of individual foreign real estate investment ‘bust’ in Australia through a new theoretical lens of ‘habitus’. Our autopsy data drew contours around the individual foreign real estate capital ‘boom and bust’ cycle, as well as the [...] Read more.
We undertook an autopsy of the drivers of individual foreign real estate investment ‘bust’ in Australia through a new theoretical lens of ‘habitus’. Our autopsy data drew contours around the individual foreign real estate capital ‘boom and bust’ cycle, as well as the long-term commitment of professionals in the real estate sector to Australia’s real estate market. More specifically, we showed that the foreign capital ‘boom and bust’ cycle began in earnest in about 2010 (starting at A$8.7 billion), grew to A$72.4 billion in 2016–2017, and then declined to A$12.5 billion in 2017–2018. This decline in foreign capital into Australian real estate occurred within a domestic real estate market in Sydney that also started to slow in 2017. Based on 20 semi-structured interviews with real estate professionals in Sydney and public material culture data, we found out that the off-the-plan apartment sales and global policy landscape changes contributed to the decline of foreign real estate investment in Australia. The three possible implications for Sydney’s future residential real estate development: (1) The loss of investors, (2) the evolution of the labor force, and (3) the diversification of housing products, have been raised as part of a future research road map. Full article
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Price Determinants and GIS Analysis of the Housing Market in Vietnam: The Cases of Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi
Sustainability 2018, 10(12), 4720; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10124720 - 11 Dec 2018
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Since the introduction of the Doi Moi economic reform in 1986, the real estate market in Vietnam has witnessed a sharp increase in foreign investment inflows and a remarkable growth in the housing market, particularly for high-rise apartments in large cities. This study [...] Read more.
Since the introduction of the Doi Moi economic reform in 1986, the real estate market in Vietnam has witnessed a sharp increase in foreign investment inflows and a remarkable growth in the housing market, particularly for high-rise apartments in large cities. This study investigates the determinants of apartment prices in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) and Hanoi, the two most representative cities in Vietnam. The spatial distribution of apartments and their price determinants were addressed by the spatial analysis of Geographic Information System (GIS) and the hedonic model. The price determinants of both cities were closely associated with downtown-related factors; moreover, the externalities of urbanization affected each city. While HCMC was more related to the locational attributes of urban amenities and community density as well as programs because of unmanaged urbanization, Hanoi was more related to housing attributes, since the majority of apartment projects were developed under urban infrastructure development supported by the central government. Apartment cluster maps of each city clearly show the contrast of housing distribution. Our findings clarify the impact of government policies on housing price determinants and can be a reference for private- and public-sector stakeholders seeking to undertake economically and socially sustainable housing development projects in Vietnam. Full article
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