Special Issue "Natural Environment and Cultural Heritage in the City, A Sustainability Perspective"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Jan K. Kazak
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Institute of Spatial Management, Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences, Grunwaldzka 55, 50-357 Wrocław, Poland
Interests: sustainable cities and regions; adaptation to climate change; environmental impact assessment; natural resources management; resilience; urban design and planning
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Dr. Katarzyna Hodor
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Institute of Landscape Architecture, Faculty of Architecture Cracow, University of Technology, Warszawska 24, 31-155 Kraków Poland
Interests: spatial analysis; urban planning; city planning; landscape architecture; protection heritage; landscape planning; landscaping; landscape; cultural landscapes; landscape design; landscape urbanism; landscape aesthetics; urbanism; heritage conservation; landscape history
Dr. Magdalena Wilkosz-Mamcarczyk
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Department of Spatial Management and Landscape Architecture, Faculty of Environmental Engineering and Land Surveying, University of Agriculture in Krakow, Balicka 253 c, 30-198 Kraków, Poland
Interests: suburbanisation: revitalisation processes, garden art; urban design, planning, heritage, landscape, semiurbanisation processes, suburbanization, cultural landscapes, rural landscape

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The 21st century urges us to analyse urban problems and revise its components. Cities in the past followed various evolutionary paths depending on the level of development of the society, its ideology, or financial factors. The key was self-reliant and polycentric production, services, commerce, and finance. What is essential today in the effort to improve the quality of life and support residents throughout the transformation is activities aimed at implementing changes to create friendly and climate-neutral spaces. It is the city that is the focal point of human life on our planet and where critical ecological challenges lie.

All above mentioned issues require the involvement and lot of activities on the different levels. One of the leading Institution is ICOMOS which is very active on this area. They developed ‘ICOMOS SDGs Policy Guidance’ which is a main initiative in Sustainability.

The proposed topical scope combines two basic yet highly relevant issues that affect the cities today, the natural and urban environment viewed from various angles and through different relations. Both are investigated from distinctive perspectives, dedicated sciences: ecology and history, respectively, including heritage and monument conservation. Research focusing on urban and suburban zones will be rather interesting.

We propose a new research perspective. On the one hand, it takes advantage of ecological experience, and on the other, it explores historical and heritage conservation problems, to finally combine them using landscape research. We ponder the City, its ecology, past and modern culture, and particularly cultural heritage from the angle of research on the image, aesthetics, form, and function of the urbanscape.

In general, the topics of interest include the impact of concepts of urban ecological networks that provide not only a background for the structure but constituting a crucial city-forming factor. It seems vital to search for the right development directions and methods to be used to combine these values, and to propose a statutory and methodological footing for various locations. The cultural value, based on regional inputs through historical structures and components is an indisputable quality important for landscape conservation. Aesthetics, biodiversity, and selection of actions fit for the scale and type of problems are important focuses for research and development in the context of the cultural heritage of historical cities. The effort to combine ecological values with heritage resources to protect landscapes should be systemic to bear the fruit of their preservation for the next generations. We propose to determine guidelines aimed at developing procedural standards in individual groups.

Another essential matter will be the international exchange of views and research, which may improve relevant methods.

Dr. Jan K. Kazak
Dr. Katarzyna Hodor
Dr. Magdalena Wilkosz-Mamcarczyk
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • urban ecology
  • urban metabolism
  • structures of cultural heritage
  • heritage relationships
  • historical greenery (gardens and parks)
  • urban ecological network solutions
  • urban ecosystems
  • urban–suburban relation
  • blue-green infrastructure
  • conservation activities in urban and suburban zones
  • urbanscape
  • suburban solutions
  • impact of historical conditions on the modern city
  • urban and suburban regionalism
  • urban and suburban biodiversity

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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