Special Issue "Eco-Cities, Green-Blue Design and Regenerative Sustainability"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Dominique Hes
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Guest Editor
University of Melbourne, Parkville VIC 3010, Australia
Interests: regenerative development; biomimicry; biophilia; urban greening; placemaking; community empowerment; carbon zero+
Dr. Maibritt Pedersen Zari
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Guest Editor
School of Architecture, Victoria University of Wellington, Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand
Interests: regenerative urban design; biomimicry; biophilia; climate change adaptation; nature-based solutions and ecosystem services
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

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
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • cities in socio-ecological systems
  • regenerative development
  • eco-cities
  • urban green–blue space design
  • nature-based solutions
  • biophilia
  • biomimicry
  • transdisciplinary practice
  • community engagement

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Sustainable Co-Design with Older People: The Case of a Public Restorative Garden in Milan (Italy)
Sustainability 2020, 12(8), 3166; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12083166 - 14 Apr 2020
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The demographic aging and the evolution of lifestyles require new strategies to promote the well-being and active aging of elderly. Active aging depends on many factors: some of these are related to objective data such as physical environment, others are personal elements; it [...] Read more.
The demographic aging and the evolution of lifestyles require new strategies to promote the well-being and active aging of elderly. Active aging depends on many factors: some of these are related to objective data such as physical environment, others are personal elements; it is important to improve environmental physical factors to encourage personal attitudes to the green spaces in use. To design a small sustainable restorative green space in Milan, Italy, restorative garden design criteria are summarized in the first section of the paper and both social and environmental sustainability are considered. The methodology section describes the co-design process and how it was applied to include different older user groups in the design of the area. In the results section authors apply a taxonomy based on the four properties of restorative settings according to the Attention Restoration Theory by Kaplan (compatibility, being away, extent, fascination): this provides a unified system to classify users’ expectations and to describe the final project. The proposed co-design process combines social and environmental sustainability, as it provides designers an insight about the user’s experience in nature. Such information can be fruitfully integrated with professional competences about comfort aspects and environmental protection in order to improve the whole design project. Full article
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Distribution of Urban Blue and Green Space in Beijing and Its Influence Factors
Sustainability 2020, 12(6), 2252; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12062252 - 13 Mar 2020
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Urban blue and green space is a key element supporting the normal operation of urban landscape ecosystems and guaranteeing and improving people's lives. In this paper, 97.1k photos of Beijing were captured by using web crawler technology, and the blue sky and green [...] Read more.
Urban blue and green space is a key element supporting the normal operation of urban landscape ecosystems and guaranteeing and improving people's lives. In this paper, 97.1k photos of Beijing were captured by using web crawler technology, and the blue sky and green vegetation objects in the photos were extracted by using the Image Cascade Network (ICNet) neural network model. We analyzed the distribution characteristics of the blue–green space area proportion index and its relationships with the background economic and social factors. The results showed the following. (1) The spatial distribution of Beijing's blue–green space area proportion index showed a pattern of being higher in the west and lower in the middle and east. (2) There was a positive correlation between the satellite remote sensing normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) and the proportion index of green space area, but the fitting degree of geospatial weighted regression decreased with an increasing analysis scale. (3) There were differences in the relationship between the housing prices in different regions and the proportion index of blue–green space, but the spatial fitting degree of the two increased with the increase of study scale. (4) There was a negative correlation between the proportion index of blue–green space and population density, and the low-population areas per unit blue–green space were mainly distributed in the south of the city and the urban fringe areas beyond the Third Ring Road. The urban blue–green space analysis that was constructed by this study provides new aspect for urban landscape ecology study, and the results proposed here also provide support for government decision-makers to optimize urban ecological layouts. Full article
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Research on the Spatial Structure of County Greenway Network Based on Gravitation-Resistance Measurement—A Case Study of Ning’an in China
Sustainability 2020, 12(4), 1352; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12041352 - 12 Feb 2020
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The ecological value, cultural value, economic value and industrial value of the county space, where a variety of human activities and natural ecological processes are carried out, act as the key elements considered in county spatial planning. However, there is a lack of [...] Read more.
The ecological value, cultural value, economic value and industrial value of the county space, where a variety of human activities and natural ecological processes are carried out, act as the key elements considered in county spatial planning. However, there is a lack of carrying space for integrating these values in the actual Chinese county construction. In this article, the construction of a county greenway network is based on multiple needs, such as ecological protection, characteristic landscape, leisure and recreation. The ecological, cultural and economic values of resources are taken as the basis of identifying a greenway network. We establish the gravitation-resistance model to measure network flow based on the attraction and resistance between resources. In particular, by means of network flow analysis and the geographic information system (GIS), the resistance and gravity are assigned to the resources and landscapes, respectively. The attraction between elements is then measured using the gravitation-resistance model. The distribution of resources and the trend of integration are analyzed by the combination of the centrality of resources and the ratio of supply to demand. Based on the analysis results of network flow, the paper puts forward a strategy for developing a county greenway network, and improves the scientific evaluation of the spatial resource. It provides a new perspective for the construction of a county greenway network. Full article
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