Special Issue "Reviews and Perspectives on Smart and Sustainable Metropolitan and Regional Cities"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Urban and Rural Development".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Tan Yigitcanlar
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The increasing severity and frequency of climate change effects, biodiversity loss, natural disasters, pandemics, and socioeconomic inequalities have heightened the necessity of developing cities which are smart and sustainable. The smart and sustainable cities notion, in both metropolitan and regional contexts, offers an integrated and holistic approach to urbanism by aiming to achieve the long-term goals of urban sustainability and resilience. In essence, a smart and sustainable city is an urban locality functioning as a robust system of systems with sustainable practices—supported by community, technology and policy—to generate desired outcomes and futures for all humans and non-humans.

This Special Issue will contribute to improving research and practice in smart and sustainable metropolitan and regional cities and urbanism by bringing together literature review and scholarly perspective pieces, and forming an open access knowledge warehouse. This Special Issue seeks contributions—in the form of scientometric analyses, bibliometric analyses, meta-analyses, systematic literature reviews, thorough best practice and policy reviews, opinion pieces, commentaries, perspectives, and viewpoints—offering insights into research and practice in smart and sustainable metropolitan and regional cities by producing in-depth conceptual debates and perspectives, insights from the literature and best practice, and throroughly identified research themes and development trends. This Special Issue will serve as a repository of relevant information, material, and knowledge to support research, policymaking, practice, and transferability of experiences to address the challenges in establishing smart and sustainable metropolitan and regional cities and urbanism in the era of climate change, biodiversity collapse, natural disasters, pandemics, and socioeconomic inequalities.

The scope of the Special Issue—that compiles the pioneering work of researchers and scholarly literature collections—includes the following broad areas and analysis types, although other relevant topics will also be considered:

  • Scientometric, bibliometric, and meta-analyses on issues relevant to smart and sustainable metropolitan and regional cities and urbanism;
  • Systematic, argumentative, integrative, historical, methodological, and theoretical literature reviews on issues relevant to smart and sustainable metropolitan and regional cities and urbanism;
  • Global best and good practice and policy analyses and reviews on issues relevant to smart and sustainable metropolitan and regional cities and urbanism;
  • Opinion pieces, commentaries, comments, perspectives, and viewpoints on issues relevant to smart and sustainable metropolitan and regional cities and urbanism.

Prof. Dr. Tan Yigitcanlar
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • sustainable urban development
  • sustainable development
  • sustainable cities
  • sustainable urbanism
  • smart urbanism
  • smart cities
  • metropitan cities
  • regional cities
  • regional towns
  • lifestyle towns
  • regional disparities
  • urban resilience
  • climate change
  • regionalism
  • pandemic sensitive cities
  • urban infrastructure
  • urban technology
  • urban governance
  • urban and regional planning
  • rural area planning

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Blockchain and Building Information Management (BIM) for Sustainable Building Development within the Context of Smart Cities
Sustainability 2021, 13(4), 2090; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13042090 - 16 Feb 2021
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‘Smart cities’ are a new type of city where stakeholders are jointly responsible for urban management. City Information Management (CIM) is an output tool for smart city planning and management, which assists in achieving the sustainable development of urban infrastructure, and promotes smart [...] Read more.
‘Smart cities’ are a new type of city where stakeholders are jointly responsible for urban management. City Information Management (CIM) is an output tool for smart city planning and management, which assists in achieving the sustainable development of urban infrastructure, and promotes smart cities to achieve the goals of stable global economic development, sustainable environmental development, and improvement of people’s quality of life. Existing research has so far established that blockchain and BIM have great potential to enhance construction project performance. However, there is little research on how blockchain and BIM can support sustainable building design and construction. Therefore, the aim of this paper is to explore the potential impact of the integration of blockchain and BIM in a smart city environment on making buildings more sustainable within the context of CIM/Smart Cities. The paper explores the relationships between blockchain, BIM and sustainable building across the life cycle stage of a construction project. This paper queries the Web of Science (WoS) database with keywords to obtain relevant publication, and then uses the VOSviewer to visually analyze the relationships between blockchain, BIM, and sustainable building within the context of smart cities and CIM, which is conducted in bibliometric analysis followed by micro scheme analysis. The results demonstrate the value of this method in gauging the importance of these three topics, highlighting their interrelationships and identifying trends, giving researchers an objective research direction. Those aspects reported in the paper constitute an original contribution. Full article
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Towards Australian Regional Turnaround: Insights into Sustainably Accommodating Post-Pandemic Urban Growth in Regional Towns and Cities
Sustainability 2020, 12(24), 10492; https://doi.org/10.3390/su122410492 - 15 Dec 2020
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The COVID-19 pandemic has made many urban policymakers, planners, and scholars, all around the globe, rethink conventional, neoliberal growth strategies of cities. The trend of rapid urbanization, particularly around capital cities, has been questioned, and alternative growth models and locations have been the [...] Read more.
The COVID-19 pandemic has made many urban policymakers, planners, and scholars, all around the globe, rethink conventional, neoliberal growth strategies of cities. The trend of rapid urbanization, particularly around capital cities, has been questioned, and alternative growth models and locations have been the subjects of countless discussions. This is particularly the case for the Australian context: The COVID-19 pandemic heightened the debates in urban circles on post-pandemic urban growth strategies and boosting the growth of towns and cities across regional Australia is a popular alternative strategy. While some scholars argue that regional Australia poses an invaluable opportunity for post-pandemic growth by ‘taking off the pressure from the capital cities’; others warn us about the risks of growing regional towns and cities without carefully designed national, regional, and local planning, design, and development strategies. Superimposing planning and development policies meant for metropolitan cities could simply result in transferring the ills of capital cities to regions and exacerbate unsustainable development and heightened socioeconomic inequalities. This opinion piece, by keeping both of these perspectives in mind, explores approaches to regional community and economic development of Australia’s towns and cities, along with identifying sustainable urban growth locations in the post-pandemic era. It also offers new insights that could help re-shape the policy debate on regional growth and development. Full article
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