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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 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Rita Yi Man Li

HKSYU Real Estate and Economics Research Lab, Hong Kong Shue Yan University, Hong Kong
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Interests: construction safety; sustainable building; housing economics; real estate economics and finance

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
Guest Editor

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Open AccessArticle 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
Received: 27 September 2018 / Revised: 17 November 2018 / Accepted: 6 December 2018 / Published: 11 December 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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