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60th IMCL in Newport RI taking final shape with a rich two-day program and tours, as discount registration ends soon

The last day of the discount rate is Sunday, March 31; new one-day registration options are also opened

NEWPORT, RI (March 29th) - The 60th International Making Cities Livable (IMCL), to be held in this fascinating case study of livability, is less than one month away. IMCL staff reports that the conference is already over 80% full capacity, as the discount registration rate is set to end this Sunday, March 31st. However, for those only able to attend for part of the conference, optional one-day registration is now available at half of the full two-day price.

The conference, titled "Making Cities Livable: Research Into Communication, and ACTION," is focused squarely on the latest generation of challenges for cities, towns and suburbs, and the latest tools and strategies to meet them, backed by the latest research evidence and case studies.

The rich lineup of frontier urban topics covered in the conference will include new research and case studies, and new tools and strategies for public space, placemaking, climate resilience, housing affordability and diversity, zoning code reform, street and transportation reform, aesthetics and livability, and livable cities and towns for ALL.

Speakers include leading researchers, city officials, practitioners, NGO heads and others, working to build a new generation of more livable, humane, ecological cities, towns and suburbs. (See the partial speaker listing below). Current registered attendees come from Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe, South America, and of course, North America.

Partners and participating organizations in the conference include The King's Foundation (UK), UN-Habitat, the Congress for the New Urbanism, the International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture, and Urbanism (INTBAU), the US chapter of INTBAU, HealthBridge Canada, The Seaside Institute, PlacemakingX, The Urban Guild, and local institutions including Bike Newport and Roger Williams University.

We will gather at the historic Bois Doré estate, generously provided by our hosts, Fairfax and Sammons Architects. The venue is centrally located in Newport, in walking distance of many hotels, restaurants and shops. Newport is easily accessible by train, bus or car from New York, Boston or Providence.

The current draft program (subject to final adjustments):

For more information and to register, visit:

We hope you can join us and our stellar roster of speakers for this important, productive and memorable gathering!

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE SERIES: The IMCL conferences were begun in 1985 by Henry Lennard, a Viennese medical sociologist, and Suzanne Lennard, a British architectural and urban scholar. The Lennards were passionate about sharing the best evidence-based lessons of great cities and towns to improve the quality of life for all. To do it, they brought together many of the world’s most innovative and successful mayors, planners, economic development specialists, designers, developers, NGO officials, and researchers and scholars. In the years since its founding, the IMCL has become a unique peer-to-peer gathering of city leaders and researchers, sharing the latest tools and strategies to build a new generation of more livable, ecological, equitable, beautiful generation of cities, towns and suburbs. The conferences are typically hosted in beautiful, intimate and instructive case-study locales in the US or Europe, with attendees sharing lessons from all parts of the world.

The IMCL conferences are produced by the Lennard Institute for Livable Cities, a US 501(c)3 public benefit corporation. All donations and sponsorship contributions are deductible under US tax rules. See also



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