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  • Michael Mehaffy

IMCL 2024 Call for Abstracts, early bird registration, are now OPEN!

Updated: Jan 23

Deadline for the first abstract submission is January 31; Notifications by February 15th


International Making Cities Livable 2024


TWO Conferences, TWO Calls for Abstracts

Conference 1: “Making Cities Livable: Research Into Communication and ACTION”

60th IMCL April 26-28, 2024 Newport, Rhode Island USA * Info and Registration Here:

Conference 2: “The Ecology of Cities: Learning from Nature, Culture and History”

61st IMCL October 1-5, 2024 Cortona, Italy * Info and Registration Here:

DESCRIPTION: Following our highly successful 2023 conference in Poundbury, Dorchester and London, UK, the International Making Cities Livable (IMCL) conference series is pleased to announce the next two conferences on frontier urban challenges. The IMCL was founded in 1985 as a premier international gathering of researchers, practitioners and city leaders, sharing effective findings, tools and strategies to create more livable, humane and sustainable cities, towns and suburbs.

THEME: As humanity confronts multiple historic challenges, our settlements and their characteristics will play a central role – especially so in a time of historic rapid urbanization. Our cities, towns and suburbs are where we interact, move about, consume resources, develop and deploy our technologies, and create most of the impacts we are having on planet Earth. In that sense, our settlements are major contributors to our challenges – but they also offer an important platform for joining up key issues of emissions and contamination, resource use and depletion, and ecological destruction, as well as opportunities for equitable human development, health, and well-being.

YOU ARE INVITED to submit a 300-word abstract for one or both conferences. You may submit a full paper prior to your presentation at the conference, or you may elect to make only an oral presentation., Full details and specifications are in the Calls for Abstracts (see links below each conference description).


NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND, USA: “Making Cities Livable: Research Into Communication and ACTION.” How can researchers translate their work more directly into effective communication and action to drive positive change in cities? How can practitioners and city leaders learn from research to apply effective new tools and strategies for today’s urban challenges? How can we address frontier topics of affordability, diversity, equity, health, well-being, and sustainability? And what is the role of aesthetics in a vibrant and walkable public realm, and a healthy, thriving, multi-modal city or town?

Our venue for the conference is the beautiful Bois Dore estate in Newport, Rhode Island, USA, made available through the generosity of Fairfax and Sammons Architects. This facility has ample space for plenaries of up to 150 attendees, as well as breakout spaces and areas for networking, book sales, and exhibition materials. Newport is centrally located on the US East Coast between Boston and New York, with bus and train service as well as lights into nearby Providence. The venue provides an opportunity for collaboration and partnership with a number of universities in Boston, New York and beyond.

Read the full Call for Abstracts and submit your abstract HERE:


CORTONA, ITALY: “The Ecology of Cities: Learning from Nature, Culture and History.” As we work to build a new generation of more livable, equitable, resilient, sustainable cities, towns, suburbs and countrysides, what are the lessons from nature, culture and history? What is the role of agriculture, food and food security, tourism, markets, and public spaces? What are the lessons of “self-organizing” cities and towns, co-produced by the citizens, and what are the tools? How can we apply the tools of public involvement, governance, urban design, and placemaking, to build healthy and thriving livable cities?

Our venue for the conference is the beautiful hill town of Cortona, Italy, centrally located between Milan and Rome, and approximately 60 kilometers southeast of Florence. There is excellent rail service from Milan, Rome, Florence or Bologna, with a short bus ride up to the hill town from the station. Cortona offers a splendid case study of contemporary innovations in agriculture, land use, urban regeneration, and sustainable economic development at a range of urban scales, as well as powerful lessons about the continuing relevance of nature, culture and history in our work. There will be ample opportunities for study trips to explore complex (and useful) patterns of urban growth, public space, and place management.

Read the full Call for Abstracts and submit your abstract HERE:


ABOUT THE CONFERENCE SERIES. The International Making Cities Livable (IMCL) conference series is a premier international gathering of city leaders, researchers, practitioners and other urban stakeholders, founded in 1985. The series is hosted by the Susan C. and Henry L. Lennard Institute for Livable Cities, a public benefit educational corporation based in Oregon, USA. The IMCL was founded by Henry Lennard, a Viennese medical sociologist, and Suzanne Lennard, a British architectural scholar. The Lennards were passionate about bringing city leaders, scholars and practitioners together across borders and disciplines, in instructive and beautiful examples of livable urbanism, to share the latest and most effective knowledge and tools for improving the livability and sustainability of cities, towns, suburbs and their countrysides across the globe.



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