Designs (MDPI AG)

“ETHICAL STRATAGEM – innovations in the design and planning of tomorrow’s technology to solve the decarbonized urbanization roadblocks”

Design trade-offs analyses and design-based practical decisions are critically important for Energy-efficient Buildings (EeB), the penetration of Information and communication technologies (ICT) in power grids, and smart cities. With the proliferation of building information modelling (BIM) to support EeB and ecodistricts, many questions arise that have to be considered using both life cycle cost analysis (LCA) and life cycle cost (LCC) thinking. Effective design supports long-term vision realization.

Such issues arising during both planning and operational phases of projects include but are not limited to: usability versus accessibility or usefulness; customizable interfaces versus minimalist design and simplicity of use; pervasive technologies and ubiquitous computing versus quality of life; personalization versus privacy; one-size-fits-all versus tailored solutions (e.g. standardization versus flexibility); involving end users as designers (e.g. participatory design) versus participation overload; consumer cultures versus cultures of participation; tools for living versus tools for learning; independence versus over-reliance or scaffolding; facilitation versus instruction; and independence versus the need for human involvement in case the technology breaks down [CoPDA, 2018].

Sectoral domains include but are not limited to field such as: deep energy retrofitting, resource efficiency and architecture technologies, computer-supported cooperative work and learning, cultural heritage sites and public buildings, data curation and data libraries, human-computer interaction and participatory design, land restoration and urban planning, etc. Specific topical keywords of particular interest for this special issue include but are not limited to:

  • Component & high-performance material design;
  • Circular economy innovations of energy-efficiency;
  • Design-performance tradeoff in urban regeneration;
  • Ecodistricts & societies in energy transition design;
  • Facilities management & infrastructure planning;
  • Geothermal energy & thermodynamics in design;
  • Holistic & deep energy retrofitting strategy design;
  • Process improvements & value interaction design;
  • Technological products/services & market design;
  • Optimization for local sharing & eMobility design;
  • Biophillic design (city, land, buildings, systems); etc.