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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.

A Literature Review of E-government Services with Gamification Elements

This document contains a literature review of the gamification topic, providing a conceptual background, and presenting a selection and analysis of the applications to e-government services. It identifies the common procedure of gamification application to e-government services, highlighting visible methodological gaps. The study characterises gamification element usage and highlights the need for a standardised methodology during element selection.

Renegotiating Spatial Planning Practices: the role of collective initiatives and informal networks

This paper introduces an alternative narrative for urban resilience. It attempts to emphasize the value of community and its prospect to create bottom-up, non-capital oriented and non-bureaucratic urban change. In this paper, emphasis is placed on societal issues, by acknowledging the user-generated transformative power in counteracting the mundane systemic pressures, and overcoming global crises (health, economic, climate, etc.) at a local scale.

New Archi-DOCT Issue: “Urbanities”

The 16th Archi-DOCT Journal has been published under the theme “Urbanities’. According to the editors, this issues includes a constellation of projects that symbiotically operate to define the future urban environment and respond to multiple crises associated with intertwined issues such as climate change, flooding, land consumption, inequality, gender issues, production processes, and geopolitics.

Climate Change and Inequality Projects: Finalists of 2020-2021 WRI Ross Center Prize

WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities announced five projects as finalists for the 2020-2021 WRI Ross Center Prize for Cities. The selected projects show how cities can address both climate change and inequality together.  The center received 262 submissions from 160 cities and 54 countries. The five finalists are initiatives from Rosario, Argentina; Ahmedabad, India; Nairobi, Kenya; Monterrey Mexico; and London, UK.