Urban Systems Design: Planning, Design, and Construction of Smart and Connected Communities

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2022) | Viewed by 600

Special Issue Editors

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Guest Editor
School of City and Regional Planning and School of Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 30332, USA
Interests: urban design; urban simulation and GIS; Landscape ecology; industrial ecology and energy performance of urban environment

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School of Construction Management Technology, Purdue Polytechnic Institute, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907, USA
Interests: connected community; building energy; urban infrastructure systems; modeling and simulation; virtual design and construction; parametric and generative design
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The Special Issue of Urban Science invites you to contribute to original research papers on “Urban Systems Design: Planning, Design, and Construction of Smart and Connected Communities”. Cities around the world are facing challenges linked to a growing and aging population, increasing environmental risks due to climate change, and impacts of the pandemic on future urban living. Entering this new era, methods for transforming communities and cities through urban systems design are critical. We are looking for emerging theories, technical solutions, empirical studies, or design test beds by integrating urban design and big data analytics, and/or ideas regarding how intelligent technologies and innovations can be applied to urban systems, such as new urban infrastructures, smart materials, urban sensors and the Internet of Things, digital twin systems, and urban automation, including self-driving cars and urban air mobility. There is still an urgent need for viable strategies for urban transformation due to the lack of understanding about trade-offs, integrated performance, and synergies among different and complex elements in urban systems. This Special Issue will be devoted to better understanding the performance of systems for sustainable and resilient future cities. Hence, topics may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Urban systems design;
  • The future of urban sustainable technologies;
  • Urban systems for climate change mitigation and adaptation;
  • Smart, sustainable, and resilient civil infrastructure systems;
  • Big data analytics for smart cities;
  • The future of urban growth, safety, health and wellness, accessibility, and overall quality of life in smart and connected communities.

Dr. Perry Pei-Ju Yang
Dr. Soowon Chang
Guest Editors

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. Urban Science is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly 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 1600 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.


  • urban systems design
  • urban sustainability
  • urban resilience
  • climate change and adaptation
  • planning support systems
  • smart technologies
  • sustainable buildings
  • smart mobility
  • future infrastructure systems

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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