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IMCL PARIS NEWS: Early Bird Rate Extended, Carlos Moreno of Paris' "15-Minute City" Will Keynote

All eyes are on Omicron, but conditions still appear favorable for a LIVE conference, 18-20 May, 2022


We are pleased to announce that Sorbonne Professor Carlos Moreno, originator of Paris' "15-minute city" plan, will keynote the 58th International Making Cities Livable conference, May 18-20 in the Paris suburb of Le Plessis-Robinson, France. Professor Moreno's 15-minute city proposal would provide residents access to all the services they need to live, learn and thrive within their immediate vicinity -- a way of making urban areas adapt to humans, not the other way around.

Professor Moreno is the Paris Mayor's Special Envoy for Smart Cities, a Knight of the French Legion of Honour, and scientific director of the ETI Chair "Entrepreneurship - Territory - Innovation" at the IAE Paris - Panthéon Sorbonne University, France. He is a researcher of international renown, having begun his research in the fields of artificial intelligence, robotics and complex systems, and later focusing on the complexity of city systems and urbanism.

Professor Moreno will be joined by other leading innovators in city research and development, including George Ferguson, Past President of the Royal Institute of British Architects and the first elected mayor of Bristol, UK; Laura Petrella, Chief of Planning, Finance and Economy for UN-Habitat; Rui Moreira, Mayor of Porto, Portugal; James Brainard, Mayor of Carmel, Indiana; Richard J. Jackson, UCLA Emeritus Professor of Public Health and former Director of the CDC National Center for Environmental Health, and other leading researchers, practitioners and officials.

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The IMCL is watching the Omicron situation closely. We know that many departments and individuals are deferring decisions on travel until the situation becomes clearer. Therefore, we have extended the Early Bird registration rate for the Paris conference through January 31. The evidence seems to point toward a more manageable situation, with vaccinations and treatments increasingly available, and early indicators that the Omicron variant may be less dangerous.

One thing is certainly true: the Omicron variant emphasizes our need to adapt to this and other disruptive events with a new generation of more resilient cities, towns and suburbs, and especially, with safe access to public spaces and the public life they support. We increasingly recognize the unacceptable toll of social isolation and inequality of access to safe public spaces. This will certainly be a major topic of the Paris conference, as we assess how to deal with the pandemic, the crisis of physical and mental health, the affordability crisis, and other urban challenges in this critical time. We hope you can join us.

- Dr. Michael Mehaffy, IMCL Executive Director

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