Special Issue "Visual Landscape Research in Sustainable Urban and Landscape Planning"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Steffen Nijhuis
Guest Editor
Faculty of Architecture and The Built Environment, Delft University of Technology, Julianalaan 134, 2628 BL Delft, The Netherlands
Interests: visual landscape research; landscape and urban planning; adaptive design; designed heritage landscapes and gardens; landscape-based regional design
Prof. Dr. Claudia Cassatella
Guest Editor
Interuniversity Department of Urban and Regional Studies and Planning, Politecnico di Torino, viale Mattioli 39, 10125 Torino, Italy
Interests: landscape policies; landscape planning; conservation planning; landscape assessment; green and blue infrastructures

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to invite you to contribute to this Special Issue that addresses visual landscape research in sustainable urban and landscape planning. Here, we define landscape as an area, as perceived by people, whose character is the result of the action and interaction of natural or human factors. However, the identifying character of landscapes in the rural and urban realm is, to a large extent, built upon visual perception. Since visual perception is a critical factor in behavior and preference, it is crucial to address visual aspects in sustainable landscape planning, design, and management, as well as for monitoring and protection of landscapes. How can we comprehend, however, the “face of the landscape” and its visual perception? Furthermore, how can we make this knowledge applicable to landscape planning, design, and management? This Special Issue focuses on visual landscape research, in particular addressing approaches and methods for visual landscape assessment and their applications in development and protection of cultural landscapes, cityscapes, urban and landscape heritage, designed landscapes, and gardens. Topics range from scenic landscape character assessment, visibility analysis and visual impact analysis, to design principles and strategies, guidelines for the protection of visual relationships, planning and design of urban skylines, and policy regulations that address scenic resources.

We welcome academic papers that address visual landscape research from the perspective of:

  • Spatial design and planning;
  • Research;
  • Education;
  • Digital methods and tools;
  • Policymaking, ordinances and codes.

Prof. Dr. Steffen Nijhuis
Prof. Dr. Claudia Cassatella
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

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.


  • scenic landscape
  • landscape physiognomy
  • landscape planning, design and management
  • visual landscape assessment
  • urban skylines
  • heritage protection
  • cultural landscape
  • urban codes

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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