Research on Smart Healthy Cities and Real Estate

A special issue of Buildings (ISSN 2075-5309). This special issue belongs to the section "Architectural Design, Urban Science, and Real Estate".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2024 | Viewed by 127

Special Issue Editors

Department of the Built Environment, Eindhoven University of Technology, P.O. Box 513, 5600 MB Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Interests: design and decision support systems; digital urban planning; digital participation; human–environment interaction; human behavior in the built environment; sustainable and healthy cities
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Department of the Built Environment, Eindhoven University of Technology, P.O. Box 513, 5600 MB Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Interests: healthy buildings; corporate real estate; hybrid working; sustainable buildings; human behaviour; well-being; mental health; positive psychology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The integration of smart technologies (i.e., IoT and sensor networks, digital applications for citizen engagement) within cities and real estate holds immense potential to improve people’s experiences, enabling heightened levels of comfort, satisfaction, and well-being. However, often, these technologies are implemented without considering people’s experiences. Therefore, it is crucial to understand the interplay among people, technology, and environment. Novel research methods, such as extended reality simulations, digital twins, digital serious games, agent-based modelling, and real-time surveys through experience sampling could increase insights about (i) the integration of smart technologies to increase people’s experiences, (ii) how these are perceived, and (iii) how novel research methods can be leveraged to co-create new technologies and design guidelines for enhancing the built environment. These insights are valuable for urban planners and developers as they provide guidelines during decision-making processes while adopting a user-centered approach.

This Special Issue aims for empirical papers on the perception of smart technologies within the built environment, encouraging novel methods to make cities and real estate smarter and healthier. We especially welcome papers that address the potential positive influence of these smart technologies on people and their behaviour. High-quality systematic reviews related to this topic are also welcome.

Dr. Gamze Dane
Dr. Lisanne Bergefurt
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

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. Buildings is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly 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 2600 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.


  • smart technologies for cities and real estate
  • digital tools
  • smart cities
  • smart real estate
  • user-centered approach
  • healthy development
  • data-driven approach
  • behavioural responses
  • digital twins
  • extended reality

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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