Special Issue "Eco-Urbanism"

A special issue of Urban Science (ISSN 2413-8851).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 June 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Ayyoob Sharifi

Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation (IDEC), Hiroshima University, Japan
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Interests: eco-urbanism; sustainability assessment; urban resilience; urban carbon management; neighborhood sustainability; smart cities

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The focus of this Special Issue is on eco-urbanism. The origin of eco-urbanism is traced back to the long-standing efforts, by many prominent scholars, such as Patrick Geddes, Ebenezer Howard, and Ian McHarg, to advance theories about building cities in harmony with nature. Over the past two decades, eco-urbanism has gained significant traction and its scope is broadened to cover multiple dimensions of sustainable development. During the same period, the concept has guided development of many programs and initiatives such as eco-cities, eco-districts, éco-quartiers, eco-garden cities, green cities, ubiquitous cities, and smart eco-cities. These initiatives are implemented in different scales, ranging from blocks, to neighborhoods, to cities.

Through investment in eco-urban initiatives, planners and policy makers intend to develop smart and innovative solutions to confront significant challenges posed by rapid urbanization and climate change. In the era of Anthropocene, characterized by high levels of dynamism and uncertainty, the ultimate goal of eco-urbanism is to provide socio-economic, institutional, and technical solutions for transition towards resilience and sustainability. Specific objectives are to reduce ecological footprint of cities, to foster development of near self-contained and near zero-carbon communities, to promote resource efficiency and circular economy, to foster social and environmental justice, to improve well-being of citizens, to facilitate education for sustainable development (by functioning as living labs), and to enhance urban resilience.  

This Special Issue of Urban Science aims to offer a platform for advancing our understanding of the theory and practice of eco-urbanism and examining the extent to which the above-mentioned goals and objectives have been achieved. With concept of smart cities gaining momentum, it is also aimed to find out if possible improvements can be achieved by integrating these two concepts. We encourage researchers and practitioners to submit original research articles, case studies, reviews, critical perspectives, and viewpoint articles on topics, including, but not limited to:

  • The evolution and future of eco-urbanism;
  • Social, economic, environmental and institutional dimensions of eco-urbanism;
  • Eco-urbanism and urban resilience;
  • Eco-urbanism and Sustainable Development Goals;
  • Eco-urbanism and social and environmental justice;
  • Eco-urbanism and climate change mitigation and adaptation;
  • Urban green infrastructure;
  • Practical examples and best practice insights;
  • IoT- and AI- enabled smart eco-urbanism;
  • Key performance indicators and assessment methods;
  • Opportunities and challenges for promoting eco-urbanism;
  • Social, institutional and technological transformations needed for promoting smart eco-urbanism.

Dr. Ayyoob Sharifi
Guest Editor

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  • resilience
  • sustainability
  • eco-urbanism
  • eco-cities
  • eco-districts
  • green urbanism
  • nature-based solutions
  • smart cities
  • smart eco-urbanism
  • low-carbon cities

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Open AccessArticle Urban Transport and Eco-Urbanism: A Global Comparative Study of Cities with a Special Focus on Five Larger Swedish Urban Regions
Urban Sci. 2019, 3(1), 25; https://doi.org/10.3390/urbansci3010025
Received: 10 February 2019 / Revised: 21 February 2019 / Accepted: 22 February 2019 / Published: 27 February 2019
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Urban transport is critical in shaping the form and function of cities, particularly the level of automobile dependence and sustainability. This paper presents a detailed study of the urban transport eco-urbanism characteristics of the Stockholm, Malmö, Göteborg, Linköping, and Helsingborg urban regions in [...] Read more.
Urban transport is critical in shaping the form and function of cities, particularly the level of automobile dependence and sustainability. This paper presents a detailed study of the urban transport eco-urbanism characteristics of the Stockholm, Malmö, Göteborg, Linköping, and Helsingborg urban regions in southern Sweden. It compares these cities to those in the USA, Australia, Canada, and two large wealthy Asian cities (Singapore and Hong Kong). It finds that while density is critical in determining many features of eco-urbanism, especially mobility patterns and particularly how much public transport, walking, and cycling are used, Swedish cities maintain healthy levels of all these more sustainable modes and only moderate levels of car use, while having less than half the density of other European cities. Swedish settlement patterns and urban transport policies mean they also enjoy, globally, the lowest level of transport emissions and transport deaths per capita and similar levels of energy use in private passenger transport as other European cities, and a fraction of that used in lower density North American and Australian cities. Swedish urban public transport systems are generally well provided for and form an integral part of the way their cities function, considering their lower densities. Their use of walking and cycling is high, though not as high as in other European cities and together with public transport cater for nearly 50% of the total daily trip making, compared to auto-dependent regions with between about 75% and 85% car trips. The paper explores these and other patterns in some detail. It provides a clear depiction of the strengths and weaknesses of Swedish cities in urban transport, some key policy directions to improve them and posits possible explanations for some of the atypical patterns observed. Full article
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