Vol 4, issue #1 (2019): Improving Sustainability Concept: From Theories to Successful Practices (Special Issue)

Guest edited by: 

Antonella Versaci

Hocine Bougdah 

Mourad Amer


Activating sustainability concept in practices is a critical issue that achieves sustainable development of the whole cities. The sustainable city is a rather recent concept, which has managed to gain increasing attention over the last decades, both through the international community and through grass root movements. This special issue on Improving Sustainability Concept: From Theories to Successful Practices aims to explore how the sustainable city can be translated from theory to practice. Upon discussing the topic of urban planning, participants take a close look at the matter of living in an eco-city, as the concept regards the integration of land-use and transportation systems which is a solution to improve the efficiency of cities. Paying close attention to this issue allows for a balance between land-use and the environment, accordingly, the spread of land can continue but not on the expense of greenhouse gas emissions. It is believed that this balance could be achieved by adopting a long-term political engagement plan as retrieved from the experience of the cities who implemented customized strategic plans. The conflicting interest of growth is found to be an obstacle when it comes to applying radial strategies. Subsequently, governments avoid adopting these concepts and would rather think of them as a constant process.

The following topics are a part of the raised discussion on the concept of sustainability, but it also includes different themes according to authors’ interests:

1. Sustainable urban design

2. Mobility in urban design

3. Energy consumption

4. Energy performance simulation in design process

5. Materials and technology

6. Life cycle assessment for materials

7. Occupancy comfort

8. Energy efficiency in (heating–cooling–lighting)

9. Waste and water recycling

10. Economic efficiency and life cycle cost in building

11. Nature and green building challenges

12. Ecological and cultural sensitivity

13. Planning coastal areas and waterfronts

14. Sustainability indices In Architecture

15. Green Facades

16. Protect and restore water resources

17. Promote sustainable and regenerative material resources cycles

18. Build a greener economy

19. Enhance social equity, environmental justice and community quality of life

20. Renewable energy harvesting and biophysical matrix

21. Renewable energy production at community scale

22. Public awareness and education on renewable energy

23. Governance and policy making for renewable energy

24. City infrastructures and renewable energy distribution


Vol 2, issue #1 (2019): أبحاث المؤتمر الدولى الاول حول الاستدامة: الكفاءة البيئية لتحقيق معيشة أفضل

يشمل العدد الثاني من "باحث" أبحاث المؤتمر الدولى الاول حول الاستدامة: الكفاءة البيئية لتحقيق معيشة أفضل، و الذي يهدف إلى مناقشة الأمور البيئية المختلفة. في سياق التغيرات البيئية التي تواجه دول العالم ، هناك حاجة متزايدة لرؤى جديدة للتعامل مع التنمية المستدامة لتحسين جودة الحياة. كما أن هناك حاجة للحفاظ على الموارد الطبيعية و استدامتها من أجل الأجيال القادمة ، هذا الذى يجعل التركيز على الجانب البيئي مسألة حاسمة وهامة جداً، و هذا الذي يهدف إليه هذا العدد.


Vol 3, issue #1 (2019): Energy Efficiency and Built Environment in Developing Countries

This issue includes proceedings from the conference "Improving Sustainability Concept In Developing Countries – 2nd Edition" and the conference "Alternative & Renewable Energy Quest". This issue includes researches discussing the different concepts and suggestions to improve the sustainability within the developing countries, as well as discussing the renewable energy ways to be used in the future. This would lead to less pollution and having a more sustainable environment.


Vol 3, issue #2 (2019): Recent Studies in Urban Sustainability and Future Cities' Planning

This issue contains conference proceedings from the conferences: Future Smart Cities (First Edition), Urban Regeneration and Sustainability (First Edition), and Urban Planning and Architectural Design for Sustainable Development (Third Edition).


Vol 2, issue #1 (2019): Towards Green Cities in Developing Countries

This issue includes proceedings from the conferences: Green Urbanism - 2nd edition and Improving Sustainability Concept in Developing Countries – 3rd Edition.


Vol 3, issue #3 (2019): Proceedings of the first international conference Environmental Efficiency For Human Well Being (EBQL)

This issue includes proceedings of the first international conference Environmental Efficiency For Human Well Being (EBQL). This issue discusses different approaches to achieve a better living and have a more sustainable environment.


Vol 4, issue #3 (2019): Creative Environments: Sustainable Places of Living

Deadline to submit: 1 November 2019


For each and every person to share a vision that involves experiencing a healthy and happy life within the fair utilization of earth’s resources while allowing space for the wilderness as well as wildlife, people have to adopt the principles of sustainable living. In other words, it must involve ways of living that advance good health and well-being while limiting destruction of the natural environment and wildlife.

Sustainable living is based on four main pillars namely minimizing waste, limiting the use of Earth’s natural resources, wise use of the environment, and ensuring quality working/living environments. 

The sustainability of one’s home depends as much (if not more) on its location as on how the house is built. When we are looking to buy land or to buy (or rent) a house, we should consider the sustainability criteria when comparing the locations of different properties.

Living in an environmentally sensible and sustainable location has numerous benefits. You can reap significant financial savings (e.g., by reducing the amount of driving you have to do; or by avoiding or minimizing the need to build new infrastructure or to do extensive site grading). Location efficiency can also yield broad, collective benefits for society and our shared environment, such as:

  1. Reducing sprawl-related automobile dependence, traffic, and air pollution.
  2. Protecting public health, environmental health, and the climate.
  3. Conserving natural resources, habitat, and open space.
  4. Contributing to the creation of livable, walkable, healthy, and vibrant neighborhoods that enhance your community’s quality of life and local economic opportunities.