Planning, development and management of sustainable cities: A commentary from the guest editors

Tan Yigitcanlar, Md Kamruzzaman

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Cities are the most dramatic manifestations of human activities on the surface of the earth. These human-dominated organisms-i.e., cities-degrade natural habitats, simplify species composition, disrupt hydrological systems, and modify energy flow and nutrient cycling. Today, these consequential impacts of human activities, originated from population increase, rapid urbanization, high private motor vehicle dependency, deregulated industrialization and mass livestock production, are increasing exponentially and causing great deal of environmental, social, and economic challenges both at global and local scales. In such a situation, establishment of sustainable cities, through sustainable urban development practices, is seen as a potential panacea to combat these challenges responsibly, effectively, and efficiently. This paper offers a critical review of the key literature on the issues relating to planning, development and management of sustainable cities, introduces the contributions from the Special Issue, and speculates on the prospective research directions to place necessary mechanisms to secure a sustainable urban future for all.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14677-14688
Number of pages12
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Smart cities
  • Sustainability
  • Sustainability assessment
  • Sustainable city
  • Sustainable development
  • Sustainable urban development
  • Sustainable urban ecosystems

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