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Urban Land Use, Urban Vitality and Sustainable Urban Development

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainability in Geographic Science".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 21 October 2024 | Viewed by 2348

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Interdisciplinary Centre of Social Sciences (CICS.NOVA), Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, 1069-061 Lisboa, Portugal
Interests: urban sustainability; quality of life; green planning
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Interdisciplinary Centre of Social Sciences (CICS.NOVA), Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, 1069-061 Lisboa, Portugal
Interests: geography; geographic information system; remote sensing; geospatial approaches; spatial planning; science–policy interface; land change science; environmental sustainability
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Dear Colleagues,

Unplanned urbanization and inefficient land use practices have far-reaching consequences that extend beyond the boundaries of urban areas. They can contribute to environmental degradation, accelerate resource depletion, and exacerbate social inequalities, posing significant challenges to sustainable urban development. Consequently, a comprehensive analysis of urban land use, urban vitality, and sustainable urban development is imperative for effectively addressing these complex issues.

Understanding the relationship between land use and social, economic, and environmental aspects could allow researchers and planners to develop informed strategies and public policies that promote sustainable urban development. Acknowledging how land is used could increase the overall well-being of communities, and pursuing sustainable urban development strategies in cities and urban areas could make them resilient, livable, and inclusive, providing a high quality of life for their residents while safeguarding the environment for future generations.

In this Special Issue, we are interested in novel approaches, methods, and tools that can analyze and assess the challenges in planning sustainable urban development.

Topics of interest include (1) the evaluation of land use and land cover dynamics, including contributions to more efficient resource allocation, reduced carbon emissions, and enhanced resilience to climate change; (2) the adoption of physical and mental health walking environments and sustainable transportation; (3) the promotion of active, accessible and vibrance public spaces that encourage strong social connections; (4) a measurement of the impact of urban morphology in economic productivity, cultural exchange, and social cohesion; (5) the identification of best practices, innovative solutions, and informed evidence-based policies that can promote sustainable urban development.

Dr. Teresa Santos
Dr. Raquel Faria de Deus
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Keywords

  • urban development
  • land use and land cover dynamics
  • environment quality
  • social cohesion
  • resilient and inclusive cities
  • urban sustainability challenges and innovative planning practices and solutions

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Are Innovation and Creative Districts New Scenarios for Sustainable Urban Planning? Bogota, Medellin, and Barranquilla as Case Studies
by Ana Elena Builes-Vélez, Lina María Escobar and Claudia Villamil-Mejia
Sustainability 2024, 16(7), 3095; https://doi.org/10.3390/su16073095 - 08 Apr 2024
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Creative and innovation districts are focused on boosting local economies. However, they also pay attention to the global scale since this local identity of the Orange Economies gives them added value and competitiveness globally, as well as international projection and visibility of products, [...] Read more.
Creative and innovation districts are focused on boosting local economies. However, they also pay attention to the global scale since this local identity of the Orange Economies gives them added value and competitiveness globally, as well as international projection and visibility of products, services, and new technologies associated with creativity and innovation. Thus, this study reviews three case studies of the cities of Barranquilla, Bogota, and Medellin in Colombia, seeking to characterize the creative and innovation districts. The methodology used is strictly qualitative, resorting to the characterization of the polygons and the analysis of public policies. This study describes the general aspects of creative and innovation districts in Colombia. Then, it identifies the forces for CD and ID development in three Colombian cities and the drivers for urban sustainable transformation. The main purpose of this study is to understand if innovation and creative districts are new scenarios for sustainable urban planning. Full article
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Determining the Scale to Ensure Locality and a Sense of Belonging in the Housing Redevelopment Process: Bursa Hürriyet Neighborhood Field Study
by Sibel Ersoy, Nilüfer Taş and Murat Taş
Sustainability 2024, 16(1), 10; https://doi.org/10.3390/su16010010 - 19 Dec 2023
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Regarding housing redevelopment in Türkiye, the unplanned scale increase is one of the most critical problems facing the cities that have grown due to immigration. One of the most critical problems in housing redevelopment is the inability to ensure locality and retain the [...] Read more.
Regarding housing redevelopment in Türkiye, the unplanned scale increase is one of the most critical problems facing the cities that have grown due to immigration. One of the most critical problems in housing redevelopment is the inability to ensure locality and retain the current inhabitants. Due to the fact that the issues of locality and ensuring a sense of belonging are ignored in most cases, the housing units usually lack local architectural identity, resemble each other, and do not meet socio-cultural needs. The purpose of this study is to identify locally specific, value-driven results to ensure the continuity of the existing users in the event of housing redevelopment by conducting a field study in the Bursa Hürriyet Neighborhood, which had been formed under the influence of immigration and where the users have adapted over time and preserved their socio-cultural living habits. As a method, a questionnaire was distributed to the users, a list of questions generated with the Delphi technique was posed to the experts, and then both were analyzed. By ensuring the correct reading of local information, suggestions are presented in order to identify the appropriate scale for both users and the city with the “glocal approach” in cities developing under global influences. Full article
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Influential Effect and Mechanism of Digital Finance on Urban Land Use Efficiency in China
by Haiyang Qiu, Xin Li and Long Zhang
Sustainability 2023, 15(20), 14726; https://doi.org/10.3390/su152014726 - 11 Oct 2023
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With the acceleration of urbanization, the carrying capacity of urban land resources is increasingly being challenged. Thus, urban land use efficiency (ULUE) has been a crucial issue in sustainable development, and digital finance (DF) has been thought to be an effective solution for [...] Read more.
With the acceleration of urbanization, the carrying capacity of urban land resources is increasingly being challenged. Thus, urban land use efficiency (ULUE) has been a crucial issue in sustainable development, and digital finance (DF) has been thought to be an effective solution for solving this dilemma. Based on panel data from 283 cities in China spanning from 2011 to 2020, this study first utilized the super-efficiency SBM model to assess ULUE across China. Then, the panel Tobit model was employed to empirically examine the overall impact of DF on ULUE, while the intermediary effect model was utilized to analyze the indirect impact of DF on ULUE. Additionally, the threshold effect model was employed to investigate the non-linear characteristics of the impact of DF on ULUE. The findings indicate that: (1) DF can enhance ULUE, with the dimension of application depth of DF exerting the most significant impact, followed by the dimensions of coverage breadth and digitization degree of DF; (2) DF can boost ULUE by promoting industrial structure upgrading (ISU); (3) the promotional effect of DF on ULUE exhibits regional variations, with a stronger impact observed in the western region and provincial capital cities, but weaker effects noted in the eastern and central regions as well as non-provincial capital cities; (4) with the improvement of economic development and DF, the impact of DF on ULUE exhibits a slightly increasing nonlinear trend. The research findings presented in this paper offer valuable insights for enhancing ULUE in emerging economies. Full article
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