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Special Issue "Innovations in Façade Design and Operation for Healthy Urban Environments"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2023 | Viewed by 98

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Alejandro Prieto
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Chief Guest Editor
1. School of Architecture, Diego Portales University, Santiago 8370109, Chile
2. School of Architecture, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Santiago 3580000, Chile
Interests: climate responsive façade design; energy efficiency and façade integration of low-energy building systems and cooling technologies in urban environments
Dr. Alessandra Luna-Navarro
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Guest Editor
Department of Architectural Engineering + Technology, Delft University of Technology, 2628 CD Delft, The Netherlands
Interests: climate responsive façade design; occupant-façade interaction; energy-efficient occupant-centred façade control strategies; smart integrated facade technologies

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue invites scientific contributions that showcase and discuss novel developments in the design and operation of building facades that contribute to overcoming current health and well-being challenges in urban environments. These developments may refer to new technological applications, performance-based façade designs, innovative design tools, and methods, or state-of-the-art control systems for building enclosures that enable façades to be effectively in sync with outdoor health and well-being requirements. In particular, contributions that adopt a holistic approach to inhabitants’ health and well-being and, therefore, consider the façade influence beyond single-domain environmental comfort are particularly welcomed.

Concerns about health risks and environmental challenges in our cities have been increasingly growing in the last decades due to an increasingly changing climate and demand for urbanization. The detrimental effect of poor urban environments has been duly documented while several attempts have been made to provide solutions on different fronts. The design and operation of building envelopes, arguably the biggest contributors to urban quality in terms of exposed urban surface, in a way that improves the quality of urban environments and the health of its inhabitants, represent an evident starting point. To do so, this Special Issue seeks to explore and discuss the role of building facades in tackling urban health challenges, exploring different facets of the problem, considering but not limiting itself to the following themes:

  • Façade design and operation strategies that can mitigate adverse climate events, for instance by cooling down urban heat islands, by controlling urban canyons or increasing resilience to extreme climate events.
  • Effective promotion of urban biodiversity over time via regenerative façade design.
  • Air-pollution mitigation through façade components in high traffic urban areas.
  • Noise reduction and improvement of the surrounding urban soundscape.
  • Role of façade design & urban aesthetics on the perceived happiness, satisfaction, mental well-being of inhabitants and sense of belonging and engagement with urban communities.
  • Novel methods for capturing the holistic multi-domain effect of façade design and operation on urban quality.
  • Novel digital functionalities of façade that increase inhabitants/urban communities engagement and interaction in public spaces;
  • Façade design and operation that foster urban farming practices.

The Special Issue aims to primarily serve as a compilation of state-of-the-art experiences in façade design and operation that contribute to healthy urban environments, laying down a foundation and providing inspiration for further application based on empirical and theoretical research conducted in the field.

Dr. Alejandro Prieto
Dr. Alessandra Luna-Navarro
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at 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 submissions that pass pre-check are 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 2000 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.


  • façade design
  • façade operation
  • urban quality
  • outdoor comfort
  • inhabitant well-being
  • multi-domain comfort
  • climate mitigation
  • urban environment

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