In recent years, the environmental discourse has increasingly become important in every discipline formulating development theories, models, and policies, especially under the rubric of sustainable development. “Sustainability” is a key issue that aims at the coexistence of the communities in future centuries. In that context, all of the activities aim to produce long-term solutions for co-existence and quality life for humans, and the improvement of the environment without damaging the ecosystem balances as the key goal of sustainable building design. Environment is the collection of physical, chemical, biological and social factors that affect the activity and movement of organic and inorganic elements with economical and humanity values. Building is a part of the environment as well, and during a building’s existence, it maintains its relation with the local and global environments. In this context, an environmental conscious sustainable building should secure the coexistence of the organic and inorganic groups making arrangements not to break the balance of the ecosystem, bring human health into safety, and provide economic use of resources.
The goal of sustainable building design is to provide appropriate environments for the users in terms of qualitative, quantitative, physical and psychological indicators. Sustainable building should be defined with the aspects of ecological, economic, social and cultural sustainability. In this context, ecological sustainability creates scenarios related to the conservation of resources and ecosystem, economical sustainability relating to usability of resources in long-term. It also decreases usage costs, social and cultural sustainability relating to provision of human health and comfort, and conserves social and cultural values. The symposium is aimed to introduce and discuss future oriented previsions, to scope out, and to provide new expansions on the fields of “Sustainable Buildings and Smart Cities”, “Sustainable Planning - Infrastructure and Resilience”, “Energy and Environment - Emerging Climate Change and Impact on The Built Environment”, “Environmental Policies and Practices” and “Strengthening and Rehabilitation of Structures” in the symposium in which these scenarios will be evaluated.