Urban Resilience and Environmental Land Planning

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Sciences".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 February 2023) | Viewed by 1467

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Dear Colleagues,

In a more and more urbanized world, the concept of urban resilience and the issue of environmental land planning are gaining increasing attention in several fields of research (anthropology, sociology, politics, public policy, economics, urban studies, urban planning, innovation studies, management, geography, civil engineering etc.) and in the social debate.

Urbanization is one of the main megatrends shaping our societies and affecting the everyday life of billions of people all over the world. Contemporary cities configure complex environments where structural and social tensions are dramatically intertwined.

Cities are laboratories of ideas, innovation, social cooperation and wealth creation. At the same time, cities are largely responsible for the most crucial challenges to global sustainability: from climate change and its environmental impacts to crises due to the unavailability of food, water, energy, and essential public services such as health care, urban public transport networks, and public housing.

Understanding key trends in urbanization in the coming years is crucial for the implementation of  SDG 11 of the UN2030 Agenda (Making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable) and for orienting urban management towards resilient and fair models that are consistent with the local needs and specificities of urban contexts. Moreover, the COVID-19 pandemic has stressed the challenge of the urbanization megatrend. Policymakers, city and regional planners, and the third-sector are called upon to make crucial decisions for developing resilient, fair and sustainable cities able to cope with the challenges of the "Urbanocene" era (as the theoretical physicist Geoffrey West labels the exponential rise of cities). However, promoting more resilient cities it is not an easy undertaking: it requires system thinking, i.e. interdisciplinary approaches, and collaboration across all policy areas and levels.

Moving from these premises, this SI aims to contribute to thought and debate on urban resilience and environmental land planning by providing theoretical reflections, conceptual frameworks and applications.

In particular, in this Special Issue on "Urban Resilience and Environmental Land Planning" we invite authors to submit original research articles, reviews, and viewpoint articles related to recent advances at all levels of urban management and environmental land planning according to a resilient perspective. We are open to papers addressing a broad range of topics, from foundational topics regarding theoretical issues of urban resilience and environmental land planning to emerging issues related to digital platforms' impact on urban everyday life. Topics of interest for this Special Issue include but are not limited to:

  • Conceptualizing urban resilience: dimensions, perspectives (economic, institutional, managerial, civil engineering etc.), and taxonomies.
  • Environmental land planning and nature-based solutions (NBSs).
  • 2030 Agenda: SDG11 and its implications for urban governance.
  • The urbanization megatrend and the challenges for sustainable environmental land planning.
  • Urban resilience and climate change.
  • The bioregion framework: conceptualization and application.
  • Urban platforms and urban governance: challenges and opportunities to promoting resilient cities
  • Assessing urban resilience: dimensions, approaches and indicators.
  • Shaping resilient urban contexts: principles, policies, tools and practices:
  • Leveraging spatial planning to promote urban resilience.
  • The role of urban resilience to enabling social inclusion.
  • The impact of COVID-19 pandemic in rethinking environmental land planning.
  • Urban resilience and disaster risk management.
  • System dynamics modelling to building resilient urban contexts.

Prof. Dr. Cristina Simone
Guest Editor

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18 pages, 13554 KiB  
Integration of Geoscience Information for Disaster Resilience in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Appl. Sci. 2023, 13(12), 7004; https://doi.org/10.3390/app13127004 - 10 Jun 2023
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Geoscience information supports strategic development planning for building disaster resilience in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, which is a city challenged by issues such as landslides, floods and unfavourable ground conditions. Aspects such as the subsurface setting and susceptibility to hazards offer insights to resolve [...] Read more.
Geoscience information supports strategic development planning for building disaster resilience in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, which is a city challenged by issues such as landslides, floods and unfavourable ground conditions. Aspects such as the subsurface setting and susceptibility to hazards offer insights to resolve risks that are expected to worsen with climate change. Geoscience data were collated from field investigation and other sources for spatial integration using geographic information system software. The information on engineering ground conditions and susceptibility to geohazards was then combined to demarcate zones that are suitable for urban development. This approach can be applied to other cities so that relevant geoscience information is integrated for planning and decision making in a changing climate. The findings reveal that 20% of the city has high suitability for development and is generally not prone to climate hazards. About 80% of the land area in Kuala Lumpur has medium to high ground constraint, and this includes around 25% of the city area that is susceptible to landslides and floods. In the worst-case scenario where no action is taken, communities and urban assets within these susceptible areas would be exposed and vulnerable to more landslides and floods due to climate change. Additional development should be limited in such areas, and where already developed, targeted hazard-specific measures can be taken to build resilience. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Urban Resilience and Environmental Land Planning)
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