This special issue explores the intricate intersections between urbanization, energy dynamics, and the future of sustainable urban design and delves into the evolving landscape of centralized and decentralized energy systems. Innovative approaches like predictive control and artificial intelligence shape modern urban environments. As this issue navigates through the realm of occupant information and ventilation systems, it uncovers the pivotal role of carbon dioxide exchange, photosynthesis, and urban greenery in enhancing both environmental quality and human well-being.

The issue examines the promising horizon of urban transformation, fueled by citizen participation and novel mobility solutions such as cable buses. Energy efficiency emerges as a guiding principle, transcending building stock and institutions and embracing a holistic stakeholder perspective to shape the cities of tomorrow. The aim of this issue is to unravel the tapestry of urban evolution, from the intricacies of energy systems to the visionary realm of sustainable urbanism. Topics that are discussed in this issue include:

  1. Decentralized Energy Systems in Urban Contexts
  2. Ventilation Systems and Predictive Control
  3. Carbon Dioxide Dynamics and Urban Greenery
  4. Sustainable and Passive Urban Design and Green Infrastructure
  5. Energy Efficiency, energy storage and Building Stock
  6. Innovative approach and Advancements in Urban Mobility
  7. Photosynthesis and Leaf Gas Exchange in Urban Ecosystems

Guest Editors:
Hasim Altan
College of Architecture and Design, Prince Mohammad bin Fahd University, Saudi Arabia.

Ioannis Kousis
Environmental Applied Physics Laboratory (EAP LAB) – Department of Engineering, University of Perugia, Perugia, Italy.

Guest Editors are allowed to include one of their own papers in the special issue they are overseeing. However, this requires prior approval from the Editor-in-Chief. Once the paper is submitted, it will be allocated by the Journal editorial office to the Editor-in-Chief or an appropriate associate editor. They will manage the peer review process and ultimately determine the paper's final acceptance status.

The peer review process in this issue is double-blinded. If an editorial board member has submitted a paper, they will not be involved during the revision process in order to preserve the integrity of the revision process.

Submission deadline: 30th of January 2024