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  • Michael Mehaffy


Omicron variant creates new issues -- especially the need for cities to adapt their public spaces to this and other threats to resilience

JOIN US FOR A VITAL EXCHANGE OF FRONTIER KNOWLEDGE IN A CRITICAL TIME FOR CITIES, at the 58th IMCL Conference, May 18-20, Paris (Le Plessis-Robinson), France.

DUE TO THE UNCERTAINTY OVER THE OMICRON VARIANT, and the evident need for cities to learn to adapt to and live with this and other pandemics, we are re-opening our Call for Abstracts for our 2022 conference for the month of January. We expect that the current surge will subside in the next few months and we will proceed with the conference. Moreover, we have many lessons to examine about living with this and other pandemics, and other lessons for more resilient, sustainable and livable cities.

SPECIAL GUEST Professor Carlos Moreno will join us to discuss the 15-minute City, and his work for the City of Paris on that plan.


- Living with COVID: Adapting City Public Spaces for Resilient Futures

- The 15-minute City: Improving Access, Reducing Emissions, Enhancing Livability

- Urban Mitigation and Adaptation to Meet the Climate Crisis

- Affordability, Equity, Displacement, and Homelessness

BACKGROUND: Following our successful 2021 conference, “From Sprawl to Neighborhoods: Livable Cities (and Suburbs) for ALL,” the IMCL and its partners are pleased to announce the next conference in the acclaimed series begun in 1985. The IMCL is a unique peer-to-peer gathering of civic leaders and scholars dedicated to transitioning to a more livable, humane and ecological generation of cities, towns and suburbs. Once again, we will focus upon successful case studies and evidence-based research, sharing effective tools and strategies to drive real change.

AT OUR NEXT CONFERENCE, we will assess the role of cities, towns and suburbs in meeting the daunting challenges ahead, and in responding to a “new urban agenda” as called for by an international agreement of all 193 member states of the United Nations. We will critically examine the current state of urban policy and practice, its theories and assumptions. We will focus in particular on the central role of public space and its edges, and the need for new insights, new tools and strategies, as a key to improving the capacity of settlements to promote human flourishing and sustainable human development.

CONTEXT: The conference will take place in Le Plessis-Robinson, a remarkable case study of suburban retrofit and transformation from a monocultural bedroom community to a mixed, walkable, diverse community built on universal principles of urbanism and public space. We will compare and contrast this European context with the USA context of Carmel, Indiana, our equally impressive 2021 conference venue. The conference will feature study tours and case studies of the Paris area, including new efforts toward a “15-minute City” and other local issues and developments.

YOU ARE INVITED to submit an abstract up to 300 words, without cost or obligation, on the main theme and/or the sub-themes listed below. Accepted presenters will be invited to register and present at a 15-minute breakout session (or plenary session, if invited). Full papers of up to 8,000 words plus figures will be invited and encouraged but not required, and due by April 30 to share with conference attendees.

ABSTRACT LENGTH: Maximum 300 words. Describe the paper/presentation topic, theme(s) addressed, relevance to the conference themes, and qualifications of the proposer(s). In addition, provide the name(s), affiliation and address of all proposed presenters.



DEADLINE FOR FULL PAPERS (if desired): April 30, 2022.

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Join a distinguished international lineup of mayors, researchers, planners and NGO leaders.

Our beautiful venue, the Maison des Arts, and its exceptionally attentive staff.



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