Special Issue "Sustainable Urban Regeneration: Issues and Challenges for Buildings and Cities"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 November 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Annarita Ferrante
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Guest Editor
Department of Architecture, Università di Bologna, 40126 Bologna BO, Italy
Interests: Sustainable building design; energy renovation; safety in existing buildings; urban regeneration; carbon neutral cities; energy positive buildings; new horizons in urban morphology
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,  

Cities and citizens of the whole world have been increasingly confronted with rapid alterations in their physical and social environment by profound natural and human hazards like climate change, hi-tech innovation, pandemic events, and economic recessions. As a consequence, cities cannot survive and prosper if buildings and urban spaces are not reconsidered and reshaped according to climatic-response procedures and sustainable strategies.

In the attempt to respond to these challenges, scholars and practitioners in architecture and urban planning have produced an immense body of literature and various aspirant models of sustainable buildings, along with a series of policy measures to empower local communities. However, there is still a generalized inertia towards the adoption of such sustainable practices and community-based models.

The scope of this Special Issue in Sustainability is twofold: on the one side, it aims to provide a systematic review of practices and models in the current background of building design and urban planning; on the other side, it is intended to illustrate, discuss, and detect the major challenges in the adoption of sustainable practices and community-based models in the urban regeneration of our cities.

An inter-scalar, multidisciplinary approach is welcome, as buildings and open spaces have to be considered as a whole when it comes to urban sustainable regeneration.

Prof. Annarita Ferrante
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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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 1900 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.


  • Sustainable building design
  • energy renovation at the building scale
  • safety in existing buildings
  • urban regeneration
  • carbon neutral cities and neighborhoods
  • energy positive buildings
  • new horizons in sustainable urban morphology and urban communities

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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