Special Issue "Smart City and Architecture in the Pandemic Era"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Urban and Rural Development".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Ju Hyung Kim
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Guest Editor
Department of Architectural Engineering, Hanyang University, Seoul, South Korea
Interests: Consilience; Program Management; ICT in Construction

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The global lockdown of cities and countries and related quarantine due to the spread of the coronavirus pandemic have triggered a series of serious questions around the principle of cities and architecture. Conventional belief and expectations in respect of the functions and safety within the frame of a modern city and architecture in daily life have been affected. Simultaneously, this phenomenon is expected to initiate the evolution of the city and architecture. Thus, this Special Issue aims to gather insights and wisdom to relieve this never-before-experienced shock from the perspectives of academia and practitioners in the field of cities and architecture.

The areas of interest include but are not limited to:

Philosophy and concept:

  • Smart cities and architecture for evolving issues, including the pandemic;
  • Healthier infrastructure by introducing an innovative approach (e.g., biomimicry);

Best practices in the pandemic era:

  • Policy and governance;
  • Healthcare, logistics, education, and other fundamental functions;

Technology:

  • Intelligent operation of cities and buildings by introducing evolving technologies (e.g., AI, digital twins, sensors);
  • Architectural design and environmental control to cope with the virus.

Prof. Dr. Ju Hyung Kim
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • smart city
  • smart home
  • smart building
  • pandemic
  • sustainable city
  • healthy architecture

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Conceptualizing Smart Disaster Governance: An Integrative Conceptual Framework
Sustainability 2020, 12(22), 9536; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su12229536 - 16 Nov 2020
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The discourse of disaster governance is focused on the arrangements, relationships, and roles of the various actors involved in disaster governance. However, due to the lack of research on utilizing emerging technologies in disaster governance systems, this paper addresses the prospective benefits of [...] Read more.
The discourse of disaster governance is focused on the arrangements, relationships, and roles of the various actors involved in disaster governance. However, due to the lack of research on utilizing emerging technologies in disaster governance systems, this paper addresses the prospective benefits of utilizing Internet of Things (IoT) technologies in smart disaster governance systems. The authors employed a conceptual analysis of the previous research on disaster governance and utilizing IoT in disaster management. The basic concepts and constructs were abstracted from the literature to conceptualize a smart disaster governance system and its processes. As a result, six spheres were portrayed to form the characteristics of the smart disaster governance system, and an integrative conceptual framework for smart disaster governance was developed. The conceptual framework encompasses IoT technologies’ capabilities and disaster governance functions, in addition to the foreseen enhancements in disaster coping capacities and an overall rise in disaster resilience. A hypothetical case study was conducted to investigate the conceptual framework’s plausibility, and it showed a probable enhancement of the disaster governance of the 2018 Kerala floods if the smart disaster governance framework was utilized. This research provides a novel conceptualization of smart disaster governance. It can deepen the understanding of prospective benefits of integrating IoT technologies with disaster governance functions, contribute to disaster governance policy formulations, and construct a basis for future research on smart disaster governance for a sustainable society. Full article
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