It is our pleasure to present this regular issue of Open House International. In this issue (Vol.42, No. 3, 2017), we selected 26 papers which have gone through several rounds of review and revision, and represent a cross-section of research in building management, construction management, house economics & management, urban planning areas that touch upon both building and housing issues. Open House International is only this outsourced issue supplier as the publisher. This editorial remark also indemnifies the Open House International from any responsibility for the content and presentation of this issue.
Especially, we want to have a brief introduction on some selected focus articles. In article “Scale and attenuation of water bodies on urban heat islands” by Huanchun Huang et al., the authors proposed a scale sensitivity method to investigate the temporal and spatial relationship between urban water bodies and UHI to confirm, within different scale ranges, the efficacy of a water body in reducing the summertime UHI effects. In “Calculation of Star Proportion of Green Buildings: A Case Study on GM New District” by Ren Hong, Wang Runyuan and Du Yongjie, the authors utilized the plot potential evaluation method and the four factors in evaluating and verifying the star level of green urban plots to establish a perfect green building planning system. Their findings indicate that the system can quantitatively analyze a plot potential, calculate the star proportion of green buildings scientifically and rationally, and provide some references for the construction of eco-city and the preparation of special planning for green buildings. In “Growth Boundary Planning and Control Method of Cities in Qinling and Bashan Mountainous Regions Based on Fractal Theory” by KANHUA YU et al., the traditional urban growth boundary form- was decomposed into scattered points (point form), paths (linear form), and patches (plane form) to form the fractal theory units for the research of urban growth boundary, and the leading idea, procedure, and control method for “fractal demarcation of urban growth boundary” were established to provide strategies for demarcation of urban space growth boundary of Qin-Ba mountainous region. While in “Spatiotemporal Dynamics of Urban Parks and Their Driving Forces in Xi'an, China from 1949 to 2015” by XUHUI WANG et al., using GIS and Fragstats, this study investigated the spatiotemporal dynamics of urban parks in Xi'an, China from 1949 to 2015 and the corresponding driving forces. The results show that the number and area of parks in Xi’an increased constantly during this period, especially from 2000 to 2015. Up to 2015, small green spaces, usually adjacent to streets, occupied the largest proportion among all types of parks. The conclusions can support the upcoming Green Space Planning of Xi'an and benefit the pursuit of sustainability and human wellbeing.
Lastly we wish to thank all our reviewers and the editorial board members who have been contributing to the release of this issue by their devoted engagement. We herewith also wish the readers of the journal can enjoy reading these papers as much as we enjoyed reviewing and editing this issue.
Shannxi School of House Design Technology & Development, Shannxi, China
KAIFEI Construction Engineering Co .Ltd., Kowloon, China
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