Special Issue "Reacting to a Crisis—Design and Enhancement Strategies to Foster a Redevelopment in Fragile Territories and Vulnerable Contexts"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Diana Rolando
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Guest Editor
Turin Real Estate Market Observatory, Department of Architecture and Design, Politecnico di Torino, Viale Pier Andrea Mattioli, 39 10125 Torino, Italy
Interests: real estate appraisal; projects’ economic evaluation and enhancement; cultural heritage; problem structuring methods; spatial analyses
Dr. Manuela Rebaudengo
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Guest Editor
Responsible Risk Resilience Centre R3C, Interuniversity Departmentof Regional and Urban Studies and Planning, Politecnico di Torino, Viale Pier Andrea Mattioli, 3910125 Torino, Italy
Interests: public-private partnerships; economic and financial sustainability; investment analysis; maintenance; green public procurement
Dr. Alice Barreca
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Guest Editor
Turin Real Estate Market Observatory, Department of Architecture and Design, Politecnico di Torino, Viale Pier Andrea Mattioli, 39 10125 Torino, Italy
Interests: real estate appraisal; projects economic evaluation and enhancement; architectural and landscape heritage; econometrics; spatial statistics; GIS; KMS

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Financial crises, pandemics, and environmental disasters always change important social, economic, territorial, and settlement dynamics. Important changes have to be faced during post-crisis periods in everyday habits and behaviors: ways of living, working, enjoying public spaces, spending free time, traveling, investing money, and looking for different kinds of services (mobility, touristic, etc.).

In these crucial situations, urban and rural contexts may react differently: On the one hand, established key drivers become inefficient and some economic sectors can be dramatically blocked or slowed, but on the other, new opportunities can emerge in different fields and change some critical conditions. New laws enacted by Governments and related consistent funding can concretely support actions and enhancement strategies to foster the reactivation of new economies and therefore represent new challenges for public and private actors.

The capability to react and adapt to new conditions represents an absolute strength, above all for the most vulnerable contexts such as inner areas: The more a territory is resilient, the more it is capable of transforming the crisis into a chance and a sustainable development opportunity.

The concept of urban and territorial resilience is widely studied in the literature, assuming different approaches. Nevertheless, a common assumption is that resilience is a driver which is capable of steering policies and investments of institutions, organizations, companies, and social groups.

Therefore, at the beginning of post-crisis periods, such as the current post-COVID-19 situation, it is crucial to monitor and analyze the socioeconomic transformations to address policies, support decision processes, and foster strategies and actions able to support the reactivation of economies and territorial dynamics.

Pivotal questions that can be addressed are:

  • How are local economies changing?
  • Are there new factors which are able to influence the real estate market, in terms of property values, transaction dynamicity, and housing typologies?
  • Are there new factors which are able to influence consumer preferences?
  • Which community networks, economic sectors, and services are becoming fundamental to foster territories’ attractiveness?
  • How is the role of tourism changing (in terms of supply and demand)?
  • Where is society addressing new needs and choices?
  • How does the digital divide in inner territories affect resident population and local development?
  • How can the elasticity of a territory be assessed?
  • Are there innovation strategies which are able to foster territorial reactivation processes?
  • How can cultural heritage be a key driver for territories’ sustainable development and local identity enhancement?

This Special Issue proposal aims to investigate how local governments and societies have reacted or are reacting to a critical situation, such as an economic or health crisis, by integrating multidisciplinary approaches to analyze the vulnerability and resilience of both urban and rural contexts and by highlighting redevelopment opportunities and weaknesses. All papers that provide research results, experiences, and applications on these topics are welcome.

Dr. Diana Rolando
Dr. Manuela Rebaudengo
Dr. Alice Barreca
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • sustainable development strategies
  • new economies
  • socioeconomic evaluation
  • territorial analyses
  • territorial vulnerability
  • territorial resilience
  • landscape and cultural heritage
  • local identity
  • territorial branding
  • post-COVID-19

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A Spatial Decision Support System for Multifunctional Landscape Assessment: A Transformative Resilience Perspective for Vulnerable Inland Areas
Sustainability 2021, 13(5), 2748; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13052748 - 03 Mar 2021
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The concept of transformative resilience has emerged from the recent literature and represents a way to interpret the potential opportunities for change in vulnerable territories, where a socioeconomic change is required. This article extends the perspective of transformative resilience to an assessment of [...] Read more.
The concept of transformative resilience has emerged from the recent literature and represents a way to interpret the potential opportunities for change in vulnerable territories, where a socioeconomic change is required. This article extends the perspective of transformative resilience to an assessment of the landscape multifunctionality of inland areas, exploring the potential of identifying a network of synergies among the different municipalities that is able to trigger a process of territorial resilience. A spatial decision support system (SDSS) for multifunctionality landscape assessment aims to help local actors understand local resources and multifunctional values of the Partenio Regional Park (PRP) and surrounding municipalities, in the South of Italy, stimulating their cooperation in the management of environmental and cultural sites and the codesign of new strategies of enhancement. The elaboration of spatial indicators according to Landscape Services classification and the interaction between the “Analytic Network Process” (ANP) method, spatial weighted overly and geographic information system (GIS) support the identification of a preferable scenario able to activate a transformative resilience strategy in selected vulnerable inland areas, which can be scaled up in other similar contexts. Full article
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