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Emerging Technologies in Urban Sustainability and Construction

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Cities worldwide are going through the largest wave of urbanization in history as about half of the world’s population now reside in major towns and cities. In recent times, this development has resulted in cities being responsible for over 70 percent of global CO2 emissions, thereby contributing to climate change, water and energy stress, as well as ecosystem degradation. The United Nations in 2013 reported that by the end of 2050, city dwellers, especially in third-world countries, will have doubled. While city governments must continuously deal with the rapid urbanization challenges, it also signaled significant construction industry opportunities. With cities containing the increasing majority of the population, the focus should be directed at how to deliver a sustainable future through technology innovation in the entire built environment.

Urban spaces pose several challenges that are impacting the quality of life thereby necessitating a shift towards a sustainable development and lifestyle for the dwellers. First, owing to the overwhelming rise in the rate of migration to cities, recent observers are emphasizing quick and smart interventions to address the rapidly changing lifestyles, gentrified neighborhoods that set the low, middle income earners farther from their workplaces. Secondly, urban managers are under pressure to optimize land usage for infrastructure and buildings that maintain people’s culture and socialization, and without adverse effects on the natural environment. Thus, there is a need to engage smart technologies for urban sustainability in the areas of energy management, digital construction, waste and environment management, smart healthcare, economic development, and so forth. While it is a huge challenge to transform cities through sustainable technological innovation, administrators sometimes fail to manage the digital divide challenges.

This Research Topic aims to highlight innovative and sustainable research and practice under the following themes:
• Green and sustainable urban development: wastewater, sustainable infrastructure, flooding, climate change adaptations
• Smart cities: new urbanism, smart infrastructure and energy, Urban IoT Architecture
• Construction industry’s digital transformation: IR4.0, renewable energy, building energy flexibility

Authors should submit Original Research articles including detailed, complete descriptions of their research efforts. Apart from being technically correct, authors should ensure that articles project the scientific understanding of the topic.


Keywords: Urban Sustainability, Housing, Digital Construction, Emerging Technologies, Waste and Environment Management, Technological Innovation, Smart Technology, Urban Gentrification


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.

Cities worldwide are going through the largest wave of urbanization in history as about half of the world’s population now reside in major towns and cities. In recent times, this development has resulted in cities being responsible for over 70 percent of global CO2 emissions, thereby contributing to climate change, water and energy stress, as well as ecosystem degradation. The United Nations in 2013 reported that by the end of 2050, city dwellers, especially in third-world countries, will have doubled. While city governments must continuously deal with the rapid urbanization challenges, it also signaled significant construction industry opportunities. With cities containing the increasing majority of the population, the focus should be directed at how to deliver a sustainable future through technology innovation in the entire built environment.

Urban spaces pose several challenges that are impacting the quality of life thereby necessitating a shift towards a sustainable development and lifestyle for the dwellers. First, owing to the overwhelming rise in the rate of migration to cities, recent observers are emphasizing quick and smart interventions to address the rapidly changing lifestyles, gentrified neighborhoods that set the low, middle income earners farther from their workplaces. Secondly, urban managers are under pressure to optimize land usage for infrastructure and buildings that maintain people’s culture and socialization, and without adverse effects on the natural environment. Thus, there is a need to engage smart technologies for urban sustainability in the areas of energy management, digital construction, waste and environment management, smart healthcare, economic development, and so forth. While it is a huge challenge to transform cities through sustainable technological innovation, administrators sometimes fail to manage the digital divide challenges.

This Research Topic aims to highlight innovative and sustainable research and practice under the following themes:
• Green and sustainable urban development: wastewater, sustainable infrastructure, flooding, climate change adaptations
• Smart cities: new urbanism, smart infrastructure and energy, Urban IoT Architecture
• Construction industry’s digital transformation: IR4.0, renewable energy, building energy flexibility

Authors should submit Original Research articles including detailed, complete descriptions of their research efforts. Apart from being technically correct, authors should ensure that articles project the scientific understanding of the topic.


Keywords: Urban Sustainability, Housing, Digital Construction, Emerging Technologies, Waste and Environment Management, Technological Innovation, Smart Technology, Urban Gentrification


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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17 June 2021 Abstract
17 September 2021 Manuscript

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17 June 2021 Abstract
17 September 2021 Manuscript

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