Strategies for Sustainable Urban Development—Addressing the Challenges of the 21st Century Liyin Shen Sustainability & LEED

Urbanisation has been one of the most transformative processes of our time, and in recent decades has led to significant changes in the way we live, work, and interact with the world around us. With more people moving to cities, there is a growing need for sustainable urban development strategies that balance economic growth, environmental protection, and social well-being. At the same time, the field of urban studies and planning is rapidly evolving, and so are the challenges that cities face in the 21st century. From climate change and resource depletion to pandemics and social inequality, the complex and interconnected nature of urban systems requires innovative approaches for planning and design.

This Special Issue brings together a diverse range of scholars and practitioners who share a commitment to advancing sustainable urban development. The collection of papers presents cutting-edge research on a wide range of topics, including resilience, value creation, blockchain architecture, decarbonisation, COVID-19, street network efficiency, vulnerable communities, transit-oriented development, green roofs, and post-occupancy evaluation. Each study offers a unique perspective on the challenges and opportunities of sustainable urban development, highlighting innovative strategies and best practices that can inform future urban planning and policy.

The interdisciplinary and international scope of this publication reflects the complex and diverse nature of sustainable urban development, as well as the urgent need for collaboration and exchange across disciplines and borders. By presenting ten original research studies, this publication aims to foster a more informed and productive conversation about the future of our cities and the challenges we face in building sustainable, equitable, and resilient urban communities. As such, this Special Issue is intended to serve as a valuable resource for researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and students who seek to advance the cause of sustainable urban development in the 21st century.

Wang et al. [1] evaluated the resilience level of cities in the Chengdu–Chongqing urban agglomeration of China, using multiple interdisciplinary methods such as the entropy weight method, Theil index, and geographically and temporally weighted regression. The research shows that urban resilience has evolved from a low to high level, with significant spatial differences in resilience …


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