Special Issue "Sustainable Tropical Urbanism: Building Tropical Cities of the Future"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Tourism, Culture, and Heritage".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Lisa Law
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Guest Editor
TUDLab - Tropical Urbanism Lab, College of Science and Engineering, James Cook University Australia, North Queensland, Australia.
Interests: the politics of urban spaces; public space; the role of the senses in urban life; urban design
Dr. Simona Azzali
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Guest Editor
TUDLab - Tropical Urbanism Lab, James Cook University Singapore, Singapore
Interests: Urban design and planning in tropical Asian cities; Liveability and sustainability of public open spaces; Urban regeneration and renewal processes

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Global population is now more urban than ever before. By 2050 8.5 billion people will leave in cities, mostly in the tropical belt. Indeed, the Tropics is home to nearly half the world’s population, has rapid population growth forecast, and significant economic and social inequality challenges. While tropical environments are urbanising faster and faster, they are often unable to cope with the transformations brought by this rapid change. More discourse on sustainable tropical urbanism is needed to understand the driving forces of contemporary tropical cities and raise awareness of the strategic role that urban planning and design play in our society. How to build urban tropical resilience and deal against natural disasters and climate change related impacts? How to reduce vulnerability of fast urbanising environments? What are the best sustainable urbanism practices that can be shared and implemented to shape the tropical built environment? How to ensure the planning process is done properly to build the tropical cities of the future?

We welcome contributions from academic researchers, practicing planners and architects, public artists, local government officers, students in urban planning and design and anyone interested in understanding tropical cities. Themes include but are not limited to

  • Building tropical resilience
  • Creation/curation of tropical space and place
  • Heritage and conservation of tropical spaces and landscapes
  • Methods for tropical urban research and professional projects 

Dr. Lisa Law
Dr. Simona Azzali
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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