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Call for papers: Redefining cities and planning under the twin smart and green transition

A special issue at LAND, an open access journal, focuses on the ongoing transformation of cities and planning under the influence of the twin smart and green transition. The digital (or smart) transition is a major driver of this transformation of cities and refers to the application of smart systems, sensor networks, IoT, cloud computing, big data, AI, and other digital technologies, which change all urban ecosystems, and planning strategies. The green transition is another important driver of urban transformation with systemic impact. Guided by objectives of sustainability, circularity, clean energy, and adaptation to climate change, it broadens the horizon of urban change due to its transversal nature across ecosystems, science disciplines, and spatial scales.

The combined smart and green transition is shaping 21st-century cities and encompasses all urban ecosystems in the domains of manufacturing, energy, utilities, transport, services, and housing, though the conditions, technologies, science, and models of transformation are specific to each ecosystem and change from one to the other.

The objective of the Special Issue is to look into these processes and assess whether new patterns of city organisation and new planning models are being formed, which deviate radically from 20th-century cities, under the impact of the twin transition. Following a “system-of-systems’ perspective of cities, we invite original research articles, review articles as well as short communications that discuss new organisation and planning models for any city ecosystem.

The Special Issue plans to give an overview of the most recent advances in the field of cities and planning to identify emerging city patterns and models that allow mastering the transformation of cities driven by the twin digital and green transition as an opportunity for radical change of city ecosystems, innovation leapfrogging, and system innovation. Deadline for manuscript submissions is 31 March 2023.

The Special Issue