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Adaptive Built Environments for Sustainable Cities

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The built environment sector is currently facing both local and global challenges. These include extreme weather events that are intensified by global warming and the Urban Heat Island (UHI) phenomenon, rapid urbanization, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and so on. These challenges, combined with other unprecedented events, have a significant impact on the relationship between individuals and communities with buildings and public spaces. Quality of life, especially those of vulnerable people, are at risk due to increasing energy demand, greenhouse gas emissions, anthropogenic heat, heat-related morbidity and mortality, and so on. This demonstrates the urgency to investigate alternative perspectives and options to achieve a more sustainable construction sector to pave the way for climate-resilient and adaptive built environments.

Reshaping cities and urban communities by adopting climate-resilient design approaches to achieve thermal energy and environmental performance of the building sector is becoming ever more important. To make our cities liveable and prosperous, the design and make-up of buildings and districts should incorporate innovative adaptive strategies that can prevent health, social and economic-related risks, as well as demonstrate resilience to future environmental uncertainties. Additionally, principles of sustainability necessitate built environment professionals such as architects, engineers, and urban planners to consider adopting a holistic design approach.

This Research Topic aims to collect new design and technological perspectives to achieve sustainable, climate-resilient, and adaptive built environments. High-quality contributions are welcome in the form of Original Research, Brief Research Report, Opinion, Perspective, Review, Systematic Review and Mini Review papers touching on the following themes among others:
• Flexibility in buildings and urban spaces to quickly respond to changing needs
• Long-term preventive strategies versus short-term reactive strategies and policies
• Mitigation and adaptation strategies to reduce the UHI effect and improve liveability and outdoor thermal comfort
• Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)
• Changes to architecture and urban planning in a changing climate
• Net-zero energy and net-zero carbon buildings and districts
• Sustainable construction practices and circular economy in the built environment sector
• Smart monitoring systems in the built environment sector for real-time data collection

Topic Editor Dr. Junjing Yang is a shareholder in Seasons & Co Pte. Ltd and Hicop Engineering Pte. Ltd. The other Topic Editors declare no competing interests with regards to the Research Topic.


Keywords: Adaptive Built Environment, Climate-Resilient Design, Smart Monitoring, Sustainable Construction Practices, Circular Economy, Net-Zero Energy, Net-Zero Carbon Buildings and Districts, Built Environment, Architecture and Urban Planning, Indoor Air Quality, Indoor Environmental Quality, Urban Heat Island Effect, Outdoor Thermal Comfort


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

The built environment sector is currently facing both local and global challenges. These include extreme weather events that are intensified by global warming and the Urban Heat Island (UHI) phenomenon, rapid urbanization, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and so on. These challenges, combined with other unprecedented events, have a significant impact on the relationship between individuals and communities with buildings and public spaces. Quality of life, especially those of vulnerable people, are at risk due to increasing energy demand, greenhouse gas emissions, anthropogenic heat, heat-related morbidity and mortality, and so on. This demonstrates the urgency to investigate alternative perspectives and options to achieve a more sustainable construction sector to pave the way for climate-resilient and adaptive built environments.

Reshaping cities and urban communities by adopting climate-resilient design approaches to achieve thermal energy and environmental performance of the building sector is becoming ever more important. To make our cities liveable and prosperous, the design and make-up of buildings and districts should incorporate innovative adaptive strategies that can prevent health, social and economic-related risks, as well as demonstrate resilience to future environmental uncertainties. Additionally, principles of sustainability necessitate built environment professionals such as architects, engineers, and urban planners to consider adopting a holistic design approach.

This Research Topic aims to collect new design and technological perspectives to achieve sustainable, climate-resilient, and adaptive built environments. High-quality contributions are welcome in the form of Original Research, Brief Research Report, Opinion, Perspective, Review, Systematic Review and Mini Review papers touching on the following themes among others:
• Flexibility in buildings and urban spaces to quickly respond to changing needs
• Long-term preventive strategies versus short-term reactive strategies and policies
• Mitigation and adaptation strategies to reduce the UHI effect and improve liveability and outdoor thermal comfort
• Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)
• Changes to architecture and urban planning in a changing climate
• Net-zero energy and net-zero carbon buildings and districts
• Sustainable construction practices and circular economy in the built environment sector
• Smart monitoring systems in the built environment sector for real-time data collection

Topic Editor Dr. Junjing Yang is a shareholder in Seasons & Co Pte. Ltd and Hicop Engineering Pte. Ltd. The other Topic Editors declare no competing interests with regards to the Research Topic.


Keywords: Adaptive Built Environment, Climate-Resilient Design, Smart Monitoring, Sustainable Construction Practices, Circular Economy, Net-Zero Energy, Net-Zero Carbon Buildings and Districts, Built Environment, Architecture and Urban Planning, Indoor Air Quality, Indoor Environmental Quality, Urban Heat Island Effect, Outdoor Thermal Comfort


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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31 May 2021 Abstract
31 December 2021 Manuscript

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31 December 2021 Manuscript

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