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Special Issue — Restorative Built Environment for Sustainability
Deadline of submission 31 October 2023.
About this Special Issue
Societal and planetary health have emerged in the backdrop of the pandemic and emerging climate change, to unify humanity globally in pursuit of sustainability in the built environment. Digitalization provided the unifying platform in this pursuit. Modern and native societies are facing unprecedented environmental disruption, distress and ill-health, uncontrolled waste and planetary contamination, resource scarcity, marginalization, and an aggressive climate change.

The built environment qualifies as the only sector that operationally relies on every stakeholder imaginable, across time, society, and geography. Unprecedented as it stands, never has the built environment been subject to so much scrutiny for its contribution to societal health and its symbiotic role within the planet. Built spaces need to be rigorously scrutinized for their resilience to pandemics and climate change (extreme weather, quarantine and social distancing, disease containment and sanitization, indoor safety, and ecosystem services). Indoor environment quality, particularly exposure to synthetics, PFAS (Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances), EDCs (Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals), and microplastics also require scrutiny, as these are emerging as chronic carcinogens threatening future generations.

The built environment has the single largest resource-emission-ecological footprint on the planet, and its role needs to flip from being exploitative and disruptive to restorative of planetary health. Restorative built environments, as an emerging paradigm, could accelerate decarbonization efforts to achieve net-zero, and endeavor to restore planetary health. Planetary health deals with the vitality of natural systems, including climate, ecology, and biodiversity, to maintain a healthy living environment.

This special issue aims to examine opportunities in the built environment's role in ensuring societal health and restoring planetary systems for sustainability.
Special Issue Editor
Monto Mani
Monto Mani
SuDesi Lab, Centre for Sustainable Technologies, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru 560012, India
Research Keywords: sustainable architecture and design; climate-responsive architecture/green buildings (BiPV); design/technology sustainability evaluation and forecasting
Submission Information
All the manuscripts submitted to this Special Issue must be within both the scope of this Special Issue and the journal.
Manuscripts should be submitted online (Click here to submit, registration and login required). All the manuscripts will undergo a rigorous single-blind peer-review process.
Please prepare your manuscript following the Instructions for Authors, and make sure it is submitted in gramatically correct English.
Please refer to the Editorial Process and Article Processing Charge for more information about manuscript process and publishing fees.
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Avenida Madrid, 189-195, 3-3
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Email: sustainability@hos.pub
Tel. +34 93 138 23 89
Cathy Wang
Managing Editor
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