Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2010)
Special Issue Editor
Dr. Brian Deal
University of Illinois, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, 111 Temple Buell Hall, 611 Taft Dr., Champaign, IL 61820, USA
Phone: +1 217 333 1911 Fax: +1 217 244 1717 Interests: land use; urban planning; spatial modeling; dynamic modeling; green infrastructure; energy systems; energy conservation
Special Issue Information
Imagine the future of 21st century urban society: megacities are straining global resources; mega-regions, with regional governments are challenging established political identities; common values towards development and stewardship proliferate worldwide; an ubiquitous internet infrastructure penetrates all walks of life; and the inescapable realities of climate change are an omnipresent part of everyday existence.
Developing more sustainable communities with the resilience to adapt to this potential future requires, in part, land use planning practices that create and maintain efficient infrastructure, ensure close-knit neighborhoods, preserve natural systems, and encourage a sense of community. It also requires the engagement of decision makers at multiple levels and the prescription of innovative solutions.
Land use regulations, transportation infrastructure investments, storm and waste water management, and building standards are some of the traditional tools used to shape the development of human habitats. Adapting these tools, and developing a new palette to work from is critical if we are to effectively address the great challenges to sustaining the built environment that lie ahead.
This issue looks at land use sustainability from an evolutionary perspective. What are the approaches, methods and tools needed to shape the development of human habitats and ensure their sustainability into an uncertain future?