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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
Planning Practice & Research

For a Special Issue on
Challenges of Applying Circular Economy and Metabolism Principles in Urban Planning Practice, Education and Research

Abstract deadline
30 June 2022

Manuscript deadline
30 November 2022

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Libera Amenta, University of Naples Federico II, Department of Architecture
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Alexander Wandl, Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Department of Urbanism
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Challenges of Applying Circular Economy and Metabolism Principles in Urban Planning Practice, Education and Research

The context

Cities are complex adaptive systems characterized by multifaceted crises which require systemic change for a new dynamic equilibrium that could be sustainable over time. Managing change, planning practice, research and education face multiple systemic challenges, the climate crises, the energy transition, reversing biodiversity loss, resource scarcity and increased social and political divides. All are adding pressure on the use of land. Transitioning toward a circular economy is considered a solution to these 21st-century challenges.

The concept has had at least three decades to be implemented and find its way into planning practice and education, it is time to reflect on its impact on theory and practice critically, as well as on the spatial effects that circular solutions are having on the quality of the built environment.

How can we plan for circular and regenerative cities in which discarded materials represent new resources and where wastescapes are regenerated and constitute green infrastructures providing ecosystem services for all? How can we design sustainable and just cities for all (SDG n.11)? What are the experimentations with circular metabolism in urban planning and design? What are the impacts on the quality of the built environment of contemporary cities of the application of circular economy solutions in planning practice?

Objectives 

This special issue aims to reach a broad public, from decision-makers to researchers and students; to do so, it could include the contribution of authors from different areas, experts from the field, and academics, including their experiences in decision-making processes. The selected papers of this Special Issue could focus on:

  • reviewing good practices on integrated approaches to urban and territorial regeneration focused on closing loops of resources;
  • the extent that are circularity principles are applied in planning documents and policies toward the actual regeneration of cities;
  • applying Circular Economy and Metabolism principles within educational curricula on spatial planning;
  • innovative theoretical paths which have been opened up thanks to the implementation of circularity principles in research and practice.

All contributions should focus on tangible impacts of the application of Circular Economy and Urban Metabolism principles through practical experimentation in spatial planning processes.

Submission Instructions

Guide for contributors

In addition to the journal’s instructions for authors, a few extra points are provided here relating to this process.

  • Please consider the theme edition topics carefully and make sure that your topic is a good fit for one or more of them. Feel free to discuss.
  • A key aim of PPR is to publish articles that are useful to planning practitioners. Please consider how your submission satisfies this aim.
  • If you wish to contribute your manuscript to this theme edition, please send an abstract of the theme and contents (max 500 words).
  • The maximum length of the article is 7000 words, including references and images.
  • The types of a manuscript that will be considered include research papers of a maximum of 7,000 words excluding references; case studies/practice reviews of a maximum of 5,000 words excluding references, and comments of no more than 2,500 words.

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