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Accelerating the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through Design Processes and Values

Since the adoption of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda designers, architects, landscape architects, urban designers, and engineers have focused on aligning their projects with the Agenda’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The research community has already had a substantial contribution in studying opportunities and barriers as well as tools and methods for aligning and achieving the UN SDGs.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) and their applicability to design projects has been a key area of concern. The dedicated architectural and practice guides recently published to help understand how practitioners have been adopting the UN SDGs in their design projects provides an excellent contribution to this acceleration. However, the sector focused on the design of the built environment has been inconsistent and slower in adopting the UN SDGs compared to other sectors.

This special issue is focused on processes and values that demonstrate of have the potential to enable the acceleration of the UN SDGs in design projects at all scales for addressing the social and ecological transition in our societies and communities. Understanding how to apply the UN SDGs at the ground level offers great promise for the future of the built environment. We welcome manuscripts that can elucidate the processes and the underlying value systems necessary for this socio-ecological transition not only in our societies and communities, but in the domains of design practices. More than monographic and descriptive case studies, this special issue calls for comparative and critical approaches.

Professor Carmela Cucuzzella
Professor Jean-Pierre Chupin

Guest Editors



design processes

integrated design

design thinking

project management

social values of built environment

comparative methods

Submission Deadline: 30 June 2024

Online Submission

Manuscripts should be submitted online through Hapres Online Submission System. Please visit Guide for Authors before submitting a manuscript. Authors are encouraged to submit a paper as soon as it is ready and don’t need to wait until the deadline. Submissions will be sent to peer-review in order of arrival. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the Journal of Sustainability Research and then gathered together on the special issue webpage. We welcome Research articles, Review papers and Short Communications.

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Guest Editors

  • Professor Carmela Cucuzzella

    Dean of the Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Montreal, Canada

  • Professor Jean-Pierre Chupin

    School of Architecture, Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Montreal, Canada

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