Topical Collection "Urban Conservation"


Dr. Sergio Cardone
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Guest Editor
Department of Civil Engineering (DICIV), University of Salerno, Via Giovanni Paolo II, 132, 84084 Fisciano, SA, Italy
Interests: urban and architectural conservation; history of architecture; landscape history; ruins

Topical Collection Information

Dear Colleagues,

Urban conservation currently represents simultaneously one of the most fervent and problematic fields in the domain of urban science and architecture. Despite it being such a topical issue, a gap still exists between the architectural scale and the urban one of conservation. In the first case, there is a solid theoretical basis, albeit with different approaches and beliefs, which forms the starting point for a well-established practice. Procedures and methods of architectural conservation are now almost standardized, even if the various approaches reflect cultural trends diversified in time and space. In the second case, a common ground is missing. Moreover, urban conservation is related to both built heritage in its material features as well as social patterns: this twofold character involves a deep complexity in identifying the specific object (from an object- to people-centred approach), proper strategies, and consequently, the required skills. In a certain sense, while in many other fields and applied sciences soft skills are typical, in the field of urban conservation, hard skills are still to be defined.

This Topical Collection aims to collect original peer-reviewed contributions with the ambition to start to bridge the theoretical and methodological gap concerning urban-scale conservation compared to architectural conservation as well as urban studies. Topics of interest include current research on both theoretical aspects and design practice. Contributions oriented on the following themes are particularly welcomed:

- Techniques of urban survey;

- Urban history and archaeology;

- Small historical settlements/inner areas;

- Historic urban landscapes;

- HUL approach in theory and practice;

- Urban morphology;

- Urban conservation: theory and techniques;

- Preservation planning;

- Historic aggregated buildings and reduction of seismic vulnerability;

- Sustainable reuse of historic centres.

Dr. Sergio Cardone
Guest Editor

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 1200 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 conservation
  • sustainable urban development
  • urban survey
  • historic urban landscape
  • preservation planning

Published Papers

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