Special Issue "Transforming Built Environments: Towards Carbon Neutral and Green-Blue Cities"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 July 2020.
Interests: sustainable consumption; sustainable built environments; urban regeneration; urban infill models; digital platforms for urban engagement and decision-making
Interests: urban water, sustainable water management, water sensitive cities, urban governance, transitions, resilience, interdisciplinary research, institutional change, community engagement
In the 21st century, the creation of built environments that are carbon neutral and water sensitive is critical for addressing sustainable urban development challenges. Both require transformative change—decarbonisation to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and the incorporation of green-blue water sensitive solutions to adapt to climate change impacts. Transition pathways in both arenas involve combinations of new technology and innovative urban design, enabling policies and regulations, and new processes for planning and managing urban development, as well as demand side changes for energy and water resources in relation to consumer attitudes and practices in urban living.
We are inviting original, evidence-based papers that address one or more of the following global challenges for cities and their built environments:
- Smart city visions and strategies capable of transformative change in the energy and water metabolism of cities.
- Climate change mitigation strategies for the supply side decarbonisation of the built environment (e.g., small scale distributed energy and storage, and large scale renewable energy systems).
- Integrated planning and design of blue and green assets in the built environment (e.g., nature-based water treatment systems, waterways and waterbodies, and trees and vegetation).
- Demand side innovations for energy and water efficiencies.
- Energy–water nexus solutions in buildings, precincts, and cities.
- Capacity of built environment elements for delivering 80% reductions in environmental pressures, with particular reference to carbon and water, by 2050.
- Building, precinct, and city scale innovation in low carbon and/or water sensitive built environment design.
- Measuring human health and liveability co-benefits of low carbon and/or water sensitive built environments.
- Process and governance innovations that underpin a demonstrable transition to carbon neutral and/or water sensitive built environments (including collaboration, policy, information, regulation, incentives, and pricing initiatives).
- Transition experiments in zero carbon/low carbon/carbon neutral built environments and/or green-blue infrastructures.
Dr. Briony Rogers
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Natural urbanism
- Renewable energy
- Distributed and decentralised energy/water infrastructures
- Water sensitive cities
- Zero carbon buildings
- Low carbon mobility