Special Issue "Eco-Cities, Green-Blue Design and Regenerative Sustainability"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2020.
Interests: regenerative development; biomimicry; biophilia; urban greening; placemaking; community empowerment; carbon zero+
Interests: regenerative urban design; biomimicry; biophilia; climate change adaptation; nature-based solutions and ecosystem services
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Special Issue in Biomimetics: Biomimicry and Sustainable Urban Design
To address converging ecological, climatic, and social issues humanity will face in coming decades, we urgently need to explore more complex, nuanced, and collaborative ways of working across built environment disciplines. It is clear that the way we build and live in our cities must change rapidly, particularly given that the growing human population is now mostly urbanized. Although cities occupy only approximately 3% of the global land area, they are large consumers of ecosystem services and are typically sites of tremendous concentrations of energy use, water use, materials, greenhouse gas emissions, and other pollutants. At the same time, our cities are also places of concentrations of wealth, power, and innovation.
How can we harness these converging and conflicting urban concentrations to chart a positive path towards a thriving future; a regenerative future? One where the built infrastructure, the designed spaces, and buildings themselves integrate with, repair, and contribute to living ecologies. This Special Issue challenges researchers to collaborate across disciplines, work together to investigate how cities could contribute to, and benefit, the socio-ecological system. Authors are asked to support papers with rich case studies, research on processes, approaches, and strategies that are being used in practice. This Special Issue is looking both for rigor and pragmatic experimentation, including lived application of tools, concepts, and examples of holistic sustainable development (including socio, cultural, political, and economic aspects), eco-cities, urban greenery, biophilia, biomimicry, and related strategies framed within a regenerative paradigm.
Dr. Dominique Hes
Dr. Maibritt Pedersen Zari
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 1800 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.
- cities in socio-ecological systems
- regenerative development
- urban green–blue space design
- nature-based solutions
- transdisciplinary practice
- community engagement