Call for Papers

Concept notes and submission information

Concept Note

Future Cities – from chaotic to strategic in connected systems

Urban citizens in Vietnam and many countries around the world may never forget the home time social distancing due to the pandemic over past two years. However, a long stay at home may help us to think deeper to cope with uncertain future.

Future cities are becoming less predictable than ever. The exponential paces of changes due to natural and man-made crises as well as progresses in human knowledge, technology, and breaking through innovations make our future more uncertain. We could hardly imagine how we survive without internet and mobile phones, both just appeared three decades ago. Few could believe traffic jams in Ho Chi Minh City disappeared this summer 2021; and no one likes to see our children having no access to playgrounds due to either prolonged pandemic or the intrusion of car parks after decades of car booming.

However, this pandemic showed how to cope with chaotic by strategic actions at systems level. Disruption from the food-chain in Ho Chi Minh City or Da Nang recently revealed that we should care not only specific logistic business, but the whole logistic eco-system, including labor supply or labelling products. Growing with scale and connectivity in urban economy nowadays multiplied our power and strength, but it requires us to solve city affairs at systems level, where things connected to (perhaps) everything else. Our future cities, therefore, should be learnt and prepared to connect better with nature and with ourselves as eco-systems, using systems approach, and our strategic perseverance.

With the diverse issues of future cities, we would like to call for joining our international conference on ‘Future cities – from chaotic to strategic in connected systems’ this December 2021. We would discuss to address some strategic questions of future cities such as space & building (How we choose and prepare our habitation over space with changing technologies, capacity, and demand?), mobility & logistics (How to commute and reach/deliver to destinations with more connected and alternative means?), environment & infrastructure (How to be served and live in the changing built environment where infrastructure are improved with technologies and climate change), and economy & society (how to support urban ecosystems with the rise of new business models and eco-systems, threats of pandemic and aging and demographic changing societies).

This is the 7th consecutive time Sustainable Urban Development Study Program, Vietnamese-German University hold Annual International Conference. This year is special when we co-organize with the team in the Technical University of Darmstadt (include the city of Darmstadt, Frankfurt am Main and Wiesbaden) Germany, together with the support of Friedrich Naumann Foundation and Binh Duong Department of Science and Technology.

We are looking forward to sharing our thoughts and experience with all of you on 9 December 2021. Accepted paper in the conference will be invited to publish in the Special Edition Book of the Construction Publisher (ISBN) in January 2022. Please refer to the sub-themes below for registration and visit our website for more details

On behalf of organizers


Space & Building

- Housing & homeworking
- Planning & design
- New spatial distribution in the territory
- Land use & urban form
- Bbuilding cycles
- Space for changing demography

Mobility & Logistics

- Smart logistics
- Urban transit
- Digital mobility
- Green mobility
- Walkability
- Urban food chain

Environment & Infrastructure

- Water (service, resource, flooding)
- Waste (management, waste technology)
- Urban eco-systems
- Climate change in urban area
- Renewable energy
- Green - blue infrastructure

Economy & Society

- Urban governance
- Community development
- Business & consumption models
- Digital, circular, green economy
- University & urban ecosystems
- Urban public health

Key dates & Deadline

22 September 2021

Abstract Submission

15 November 2021

Full Paper Submission

5 December 2021

Presentation Submission

9 December 2021

Conference Date

Submission Information

The conference is seeking submissions related to the mentioned conference topics. Other related topics will also be considered. Submitted abstracts will be evaluated by the Scientific Board. If abstract is accepted, author agrees to send full text paper, including results, tables, figures and references. All submissions should report original and previously unpublished research results no matter the type of research paper you are presenting. 

Manuscripts should meet the format set by the Conference committee and are subject to review.


The text should be in English or Vietnamese

Paper structure

  • Purpose/Objectives
  • Methodology/Approach
  • Findings/Results
  • Conclusion/Implications/Recommendations
  • Acknowledgements (when appropriate)
  • References
  • Appendices (when appropriate)

Presentation & Publication

Full paper is requested

File format

MS.Word - compatible file

Oral presentation

The presentation should be around 15 minutes

Formatting & paper length limit

Please follow the instructions mentioned below

Paper length Full paper: within 12 pages, including references, tables/ charts and keywords
Abstract length 200-250 words
Key words 3-5 words
Font 12-point Times New Roman
Paragraph Single-spaced
Margin Normal (Top :2.54 cm , Bottom: 2.54 cm; Left : 3.18cm , Right: 3.18cm)
Page numbers Bottom-centered
Layout One-column Portrait