Special Issue "Urban Land Use Change and Its Spatial Planning"

A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X). This special issue belongs to the section "Urban Contexts and Urban-Rural Interactions".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 22 January 2024 | Viewed by 1326

Special Issue Editors

Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Interests: dynamic urban patterns; behaviour mapping; nature-based solutions; urban research and design methods development
Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Interests: peri-urban landscape; green infrastructure; ecosystem services; open spaces and human health
Institute of Spatial Planning, Environmental Planning and Land Rearrangement (IRUB), BOKU Wien – University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria
Interests: NBS – nature based solutions; affordable housing/living, mixed use; infrastructures: all scales, all means (traffic, green & blue, supply & disposal, knowledge, …)
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Dr. Kasper Kok
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Guest Editor
Department of Environmental Sciences, Environmental Sciences Group, Wageningen University, 6708 PB Wageningen, The Netherlands
Interests: land use modelling; co-production methods; climate mitigation and adaptation; scenarios

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Land use is a basic dimension of spatial planning. The most common element of spatial plans is the documents that refer to the future spatial development of an area. In the last decade, more often than not, when we are addressing land use, we are referring to land use change. A driver of this change in cities and towns around the world is often urbanisation, with its effects on the form and function of urban spaces, and other often negative effects such as the increased sealing of the land’s surface, the growth of peri-urban areas, urban sprawl, and a rise in environmental problems. However, there is a challenge to go beyond merely recognising what changes need to be implemented as a result of the evidence from various processes and to actively conceptualise anew the role of planning in directing land use change. This SI aims to collect cutting-edge reasonings and studies related to changes as characteristic immanent dimensions in land use. Indeed, urbanised areas are known for their changes in terms of dynamic patterns of activities, their intensities, and concentration. This implies a shift of a focus from patterns of land use and land cover change to dynamic interactions within socio–economic–ecological systems and the resulting impacts on urban planning. This is especially relevant in increasingly common expectations for future urban developments to be open ended and to consider uncertainty as inherent. In particular, this SI will collate advancements in research and practice to gain insights on approaches to understand the causal connections between planning and land use change. This includes acknowledging change as an inherent constant of urban land uses on one hand, and aspects which are crucial for a successful plan implementation to shape and understand future areas on the other.

Submissions are encouraged to contribute to the following sub-themes, but they are not limited to:

  • Novel methods and tools, integrated with urban analytics, to examine the interdependency of urban morphology and social, environmental, and economic processes to better inform urban planning as a tool for shaping urban land use.
  • Innovative research and case studies examining dynamic interactions within socio–economic–ecological processes and the resulting impacts on urban planning.
  • Best practices, as well as successful or unsuccessful endeavours in the concept of open-ended urban planning, giving room to a change as a key constant in urban development.
  • Future directions in addressing environmental, economic, and social issues in cities using notion of change as the driving force of urban land use planning.

Dr. Barbara Goličnik Marušić
Dr. Vita Žlender
Prof. Manfred Schrenk
Dr. Kasper Kok
Guest Editors

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  • land use change
  • dynamic processes
  • planning
  • policy
  • quality
  • sustainability
  • participation

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Multi-Scenario Simulation and Assessment of Ecosystem Service Value at the City Level from the Perspective of “Production–Living–Ecological” Spaces: A Case Study of Haikou, China
Land 2023, 12(5), 1021; https://doi.org/10.3390/land12051021 - 06 May 2023
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Structural changes in land use caused by urban development are one of the most important threats to ecosystem services. An in-depth study of the impacts that different land use patterns have on ecosystem service value (ESV) can provide guidance for sustainable urban planning [...] Read more.
Structural changes in land use caused by urban development are one of the most important threats to ecosystem services. An in-depth study of the impacts that different land use patterns have on ecosystem service value (ESV) can provide guidance for sustainable urban planning and ecological conservation. In this research, we sought to explore the response mechanisms of ecosystem services under different urban development scenarios from the perspective of “production–living–ecological” space (PLES). This study combined the Patch-generating Land Use Simulation (PLUS) model and ESV equivalent factor method to simulate the PLES and ESV of Haikou in 2035 under three scenarios of business as usual (BAU), ecological conservation (EC) and economic development (ED), and used the spatial superposition method, transfer matrix, and optimized cross-sensitivity analysis to explore the influence of the PLES on ecosystem services. The ESV of Haikou showed a declining trend from 2010 to 2020 under the influence of PLES changes and was at risk of further decline in the future. The reduction in the value of the water supply service constituted a major part of the loss of ESV. The simulation results demonstrated that the EC scenario had the most rational and ecologically efficient allocation of PLES, with the highest ESV and the lowest sensitivity to PLES changes. The results of this research can serve as an important reference for optimizing the urban land use structure and maintaining the stability of ecosystem services. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Urban Land Use Change and Its Spatial Planning)
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