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Call for Chapters: Humanizing Cities Through Car-Free City Development and Transformation

Editors

Rahma M. DoheimAssiut University, Egypt
Alshimaa Aboelmakarem Farag, Zagazig University, Egypt; & Effat University, KSA
Ehab Kamel, University of Central Lancashire, United Kingdom

Call for Chapters

Proposals Submission Deadline: August 25, 2019
Full Chapters Due: November 7, 2019
Submission Date: February 15, 2020

Introduction

The increased car ownership and the heavy dependency on private cars as the primary means of travel are contributing to deteriorating environment and resulting in health and social problems in urban areas. Cars facilitated the way people travel; eliminating the constraints of distance while offering personal, fast and convenient ways to commuting. But the excessive application of this urban trend has led to reshaping cities to accommodate cars, consequently, the crowded and occupied streets of contemporary cities lost important aspects of urban design; such as comfort, enjoyment, and social engagement. This high car reliance poses a health crisis due to the vehicles’ toxic emissions on air quality, and it is responsible for killing more than one million people around the globe every year in traffic accidents.
Therefore, there is an essential need for reducing the dominance of car use in our cities and transforming them into greener, healthier, and more humanized places to live. It is people’s right to have safe and accessible streets, and clean air. This would potentially improve the quality of life for people, and help to reduce the global threat of climate change.
In the era of the smart cities applications and the internet of things (IoT), this book introduces and provides a comprehensive overview of the concepts of car-free city and city humanization as a possible solution to reduce the deteriorating effect on the environment and the community. The book discusses the urban initiative of car-free cities and its impact on humanizing the scale and design of the city and its public spaces, and on improving the quality of life. Hence, the book intends to discuss and explore global precedents to provide insights into the implementations of pedestrianization and humanization of cities to promote the concept of car-free living.
As such, the book is divided into three main sections: definitions and strategies of car-free cities and current problems caused by the heavy dependency on cars in modern cities; factors affecting transforming into car-free cities and humanizing cities, with explanation of challenges, pros and cons; and a vision towards future applications of shifting towards being car-free, and its impact on humanizing the city and improving the quality of life.


Objective

As a result of the heavy reliance on cars, populations of contemporary cities, particularly those of high densities, are facing threatening health, economic and psychological problems. This book suggests car-free city urban design and planning as a potential solution towards humanizing public spaces, which can provide an efficient approach for bringing back urban spaces to their owners; the community. The book discusses the initiative of car-free cities as one of the urban initiatives that advocate reducing the dependence on cars and leave streets for pedestrians where they can experience a healthier, safer, and happier life. The key objective of this book is to explain the potentials, challenges, and strategies for implementing car-free urban spaces, and how this can promote a healthier city lifestyle, and community wellbeing in general. Another important objective that can't be ignored in the era of smart cities and IoT is to explore and investigate the potential of advanced technology on promoting human wellbeing and comfort. Due to the current shortage of such information among existing scholarly publications, this book targets professionals, urban planners, and policymakers to initiate a collective willingness to shift the city format, and influence transport policies.

Target Audience

The target audience of this book will be comprised of professionals and researchers working in the field of Architecture and Urban Planning and Design, particularly in the field of Urban Mobility. The book will also provide perceptions, insights, and support to Policy Makers, Mobility Planning Agencies and Authorities, and Environmental Management, Urban Developers, Educators and Advanced-level Students (Masters/Ph.D.), as well as Technology Developers, and Innovator Communities with regards to the challenges and opportunities existing in the shifting of the existing cities to car-free cities.

Recommended Topics

This book’s contributions may include, but are not restricted to, the following topics:
1) Car-free and city humanization - Introduction, concepts, and problematic issues.
-Car-free zones and strategies, pedestrian cities, livable streets, walkability, and bikeability.
-Soft mobility, smart mobility, and sustainable mobility.
-Mobility, street life and quality of life.
-Environmental, urban, historical, technological, and social issues related to the high dependency on cars.

2) Factors affecting transforming into car-free and humanizing cities.
-Political, economic, climatic, geographical, demographic, social, cultural, technological and spatial variables.
-Travel behavior and Attitude.
-Urban form, pattern, land use, and landscape.
-Transportation infrastructure, and transportation modes.
-Urban policies.
-Public participation, global society, and individuals.

3) A vision towards future applications of transforming to car-free.
-Keys for car-free and city humanization - Solutions, potentials, and challenges of application.


Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before August 25, 2019, a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by September 7, 2019, about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by November 7, 2019, and all interested authors must consult the guidelines for manuscript submissions at http://www.igi-global.com/publish/contributor-resources/before-you-write/ prior to submission. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication, Trust in Knowledge Management and Systems in Organizations. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process.

All proposals should be submitted through the eEditorial Discovery®TM online submission manager.


Publisher

This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the "Information Science Reference" (formerly Idea Group Reference), "Medical Information Science Reference," "Business Science Reference," and "Engineering Science Reference" imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit www.igi-global.com. This publication is anticipated to be released in 2020.

Important Dates

August 25, 2019: Proposal Submission Deadline
September 7, 2019: Notification of Acceptance
November 7, 2019: Full Chapter Submission
December 21, 2019: Review Results Returned
January 18, 2020: Revisions due from authors:
February 1, 2020: Final Acceptance Notification


Inquiries

Rahma M. Doheim, mdoheim@yahoo.com
Alshimaa Aboelmakarem Farag, alshimaa_79@yahoo.com
Ehab Kamel, EKamelAhmed@uclan.ac.uk


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