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Sustainable Planning and Design Interventions for Urban Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

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28 February 2025

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Dr. Bao-Jie He, School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Chongqing University, China; Network for Education and Research on Peace and Sustainability (NERPS), Hiroshima University, Hiroshima, Japan
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Dr. Yupeng Wang, School of Human Settlements and Civil Engineering, Xi'an Jiaotong University, China
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Dr. Beta Paramita, Architecture Department, Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia, Indonesia
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Dr. Jinda Qi, School of Landscape Architecture, Lincoln University, New Zealand
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Dr. Zhengxuan Liu, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, TU Delft, Netherlands
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Sustainable Planning and Design Interventions for Urban Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

The process of urbanisation has prominently shaped urban-rural population structures making cities the main settlements of human beings. Despite economic prosperity and human development, cities are facing many challenges such as climate change, environmental deterioration, resource shortage, and social inequality due to unsustainable urban planning and design. In particular, climate change at both global and local scales is an unprecedented challenge with significant environmental, economic, and social consequences. Overheating, flooding, droughts, hurricanes, and wildfires are happening more frequently, intensely, and severely. Improving resilience to urban climate change is important and urgent to not only protect safety, health, comfort and well-being of citizens, but also ensure urban sustainability and biodiversity conservation. A paradigm shift towards sustainable urban planning and design for urban climate change mitigation and adaptation is highly demanded.

However, cities are complicated systems in geographical, meteorological, social, economic, demographic, political, governmental, and cultural dimensions, making it impossible to implement “one size fits all” approach. The urban climate change, disaster typology,  and impact severity show obvious differences with urban contexts, thereby resulting in the diversity of urban planning and design priorities. Mitigation and adaptation technologies and strategies are always city-specific, where these solutions cannot achieve expected performance if suitable, feasible, and optimal ones are not well identified, planned, designed, constructed, and maintained. Lack of knowledge and professionals are major barriers to climate-resilient urban planning and design. How to bridge these gaps to enable urban planners, designers, and managers to effectively implement proper mitigation and adaptation solutions remains a critical question. There is a need to develop useful and efficient decision support models to assist urban planners and designers in analyzing climate-induced impacts, determining planning and design goals and targets, choosing suitable mitigation and adaptation solutions, estimating possible mitigation and adaptation performance, and generating the optimal planning, design, and management schemes.

This article collection welcomes original and latest research outcomes to urban climate change mitigation and adaptation by sustainable urban planning and design interventions. The collection aims to promote transformation towards climate-resilient urban planning and design by closing the gaps and alleviates the barriers across science, technologies, and practice. Urban climate change mitigation and adaptions is a transdisciplinary topic so this Article Collection widely welcomes relevant research outcomes in the fields of architecture, landscape, urban planning and design, material engineering, ecology, geography, environmental sciences, atmospheric sciences, public health, etc. that can help enhance urban climate resilience and sustainable built environment. Papers are solicited with the topics of interest including, but are not limited to:

  • Nexus of land use/land changes and urban climate change;
  • Assessment of urban climate change and its impacts;
  • Development of novel and advanced technologies for climate resilience;
  • Microclimate regulation and human thermal comfort improvement;
  • Water-sensitive urban planning and design strategies and transferability;
  • Heat-resilient urban planning and design technologies and transferability;
  • Awareness and behavioural change for adaptation capacity improvement;
  • Policy and action plan formulation for transformation and implementation;
  • Development and application of decision support models and tools;
  • Demonstration of experience and lessons of best practice.

Keywords: Urban climate; Impact assessment; Mitigation solutions; Adaptation strategies; Decision support tool

All manuscripts submitted to this Article Collection will undergo a full peer-review; the Guest Advisor for this Collection will not be handling the manuscripts (unless they are an Editorial Board member).

Please review the journal scope and author submission instructions prior to submitting a manuscript.

The deadline for submitting manuscripts is [February 28, 2025].

Please contact Zhan Yu at [email protected] with any queries and discount codes regarding this Article Collection.

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Please select [Urban Planning and Design] from the list of available sections during submission. Failure to select the appropriate Article Collection or Section name can result in delays.

Dr. Baojie He is a Professor of Urban Climate and Sustainable Built Environment at Chongqing University. He is working on heat-resilient urban planning and design. Baojie has published more than 150 peer-reviewed papers in high-ranking journals and has a Scopus H-index of 48. Baojie received the Most Cited Chinese Researchers Title in 2024, the Highly Cited Researcher Title (Clarivate) in 2022 and 2023. Baojie received the Sustainability Young Investigator Award in 2022 and the Green Talents Award (Germany) in 2021. Baojie is among the Top 2% Scientists by the Mendeley from 2020 onwards.

Dr. Yupeng Wang is a Professor and the Associate Dean in the School of Human Settlements and Civil Engineering, Xi’an Jiaotong University, China. He has the working experience as an urban planner in NIKKEN SEKKEI, Japan, and the research experience in Concordia University, Canada, for sustainable urban planning. He has a wide range of research experiences including environmental modeling and evaluation, sustainable urban planning, urban vegetation and climate change mitigation, and published more than 50 journal papers. He currently serves as an Associate Editor for Urban Climate, and an Editorial Board Member for Indoor and Built Environment.

Dr. Beta Paramita is an Associate Professor at Architecture Department in Indonesia University of Education (UPI). Her academic background in Architecture and her interest in research includes sustainable city and green building, especially on building performance and outdoor thermal comfort. Currently she is board member of IBPSA-ID (International Building Performance Simulation Association – Indonesia chapter). She is the chair of Center of Excellence for Low Carbon Building Material and Building Energy, UPI. In 2022 she leads the project that won the $750,000 of Cool Roof Million Challenge. In 2023 she just awarded as an outstanding academia at the Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia. In 2024 she secures $500,000 for cool house project in Indonesia.

Dr. Jinda Qi is a Lecturer at the School of Landscape Architecture, Lincoln University. He was a research fellow at the National University of Singapore. He is a landscape architect and holds a PhD in Built Environment at The University of New South Wales, Sydney. His research focuses on the assessment of landscape visual quality. He is also interested and skilled in multi-disciplinary urban research, including urban climate mitigation, decision-making models, and the application of artificial intelligence to the urban environment.

Dr. Zhengxuan Liu took the position of Marie Sklodowska Curie European Fellow at Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft). His research interests mainly focus on Zero Carbon Building Technology, Low Carbon Energy Transition for Building and Community, Smart Building and Community based AI, and Green Construction Innovation Management. He was the Assistant Dean of Institute for Sustainable Urbanization & Construction Innovation at Hunan University before coming to Delft. He was elected as Vebleo Fellow in 2022, and also honored with several Best Researcher Awards during the past two years. He is currently the Executive Chair of Marie Curie Alumni Association China Chapter. He is the Associate Editors of two well-known SCI journals (i.e., Humanities & Social Sciences Communications (sub-journal of Nature), and Journal of Housing and the Built Environment), and the Editorial Board Member of over 10 international journals (e.g., Buildings, Sustainable Horizons, etc.).

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