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Jam-packed content announced for IMCL 2022!

Updated: Apr 29, 2022

22 plenary speakers and 46 breakout speakers will address frontier urban topics: 15-minute cities, climate resilience/adaptation/mitigation, lessons from COVID, suburban retrofitting, tactical urbanism and placemaking, livable streets and transport, and much more. Two research symposia and three workshops have also been announced.

ABOVE: Preparing our beautiful and spacious plenary hall, the Théâtre de l'Alegria in the Maison des Arts, Le Plessis-Robinson (Paris).

LE PLESSIS-ROBINSON, FRANCE: The 58th International Making Cities Livable conference, happening May 18-20 here, will feature an impressive roster of 68 mayors, economic development experts, leading NGO heads, planners, designers and researchers, and other urban "doers," all gathering to share solutions and expertise at a critical time for cities, towns and suburbs.

Our conference hall, the Maison des Arts

The conference will gather noted international experts in urban innovations, including Carlos Moreno, developer of the “15-minute city” plan for the City of Paris and others. The concept has caught on globally, in part because it offers a humane vision for livable cities, together with the tools and strategies to achieve them. (A good summary discussion of the 15-minute city can be seen here.)

Other plenary speakers will include (in alphabetical order):

  • Rachelle Alterman, Professor of Urban Planning and Law, The Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, and Research Fellow of the Neaman Institute for National Policy Research, Haifa, IL

  • Xavier Bohl, architect, Atelier Xavier Bohl, Paris FR

  • Ben Bolgar, Senior Director, The Prince's Foundation, London UK

  • David Brain, Professor of Sociology, New College of Florida USA

  • Jim Brainard, Mayor, City of Carmel, Indiana USA

  • Marc Breitman, architect, Breitman and Breitman, Paris FR

  • Nada Breitman, architect, Breitman and Breitman, Paris FR

  • Rick Cole, Executive Director, Congress for the New Urbanism, Washington D.C. USA

  • George Ferguson, architect, Past President, Royal Institute of British Architects, and first elected Mayor of Bristol, UK

  • Ricardo Fernández Gómez, Director General of Planning and Development, State of Jalisco, MX

  • Jing Jing, Researcher, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm SE

  • Christopher Leinberger, Professor Emeritus, George Washington University, Washington D.C., USA

  • Setha Low, Professor of Anthropology and Psychology, The Graduate Center, City University of New York, USA

  • Michael Mehaffy, Executive Director, Lennard Institute for Livable Cities, Oregon USA

  • Rui Moreira, Mayor, Porto, PT

  • Paul Murrain, Urbanist and Author, and INTBAU Senior Fellow, London, UK

  • Philippe Pemezec, Senator and former Mayor, Le Plessis-Robinson, FR

  • Jacques Perrin, Mayor, Le Plessis-Robinson, FR

  • Laura Petrella, Chief of Planning, Finance and Economy, UN-Habitat, Nairobi KE

  • Sergio Porta, Professor of Urban Design, Head of Department and Director of the Urban Design Studies Unit at the Department of Architecture, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK

The breakout sessions, in alphabetical order, will include:

  • 15-minute Cities (and Suburbs) for ALL: Policy and Economics (Part 1)

  • 15-minute Cities (and Suburbs) for ALL: Culture and Place (Part 2)

  • Architecture and the Edges of Public Space

  • Building 15-minute Neighborhoods

  • Climate Resilience, Adaptation and Mitigation: Urban Greening (Part 1)

  • Climate Resilience, Adaptation and Mitigation: Toward a Livable Future (Part 2)

  • Implementing the New Urban Agenda

  • Lessons from COVID - and Beyond

  • Livable Streets and Transport

  • Placemaking Tools and Strategies

  • Tactical Urbanism and Retrofitting

And workshops and symposia:

  • WORKSHOP: International Placemaking Network (2-part) WORKSHOP: Leading Urbanism in Times of Chaos: Lessons from Portland and Beyond (2-part)

  • WORKSHOP: Christopher Alexander, Pattern Languages and The Nature of Order SYMPOSIUM: Tall Buildings Reconsidered: A Review of the Research Evidence SYMPOSIUM: Environmental Structure Research Group (Research Coordination Meeting)

Breakout speakers come from the Americas, Africa, Asia, Australia and of course Europe, and include:

  • Abramson, Ric, City Architect, City of West Hollywood, USA

  • Adhya, Anirban, Associate Professor, Lawrence Technological University, USA

  • Appleyard, Bruce, Associate Professor, San Diego State University, USA

  • Arcurio, Joshua, Associate, David M. Schwarz Architects, USA

  • Bergeron, Kelly, Neighbourspace, Canada

  • Biehle, Frederick, Professor, Pratt Institute, USA

  • Bishay, Noura, Architect, NPB Design Studio, USA

  • Breitman, Marc, Architect, Paris, France

  • Breitman, Nada, Architect, Paris, France

  • Buckman, Stephen, Assistant Professor of Real Estate Development, Clemson University, USA

  • Castaneda Chavez, Monica, Project Manager, Ministry of Infrastructure and Public Works of Jalisco, Mexico

  • Clemons, Laura, Founder, Collaborative Communities, USA

  • Corlin, Anne, Assistant Professor, Aarhus School of Architecture, Denmark

  • El-Husseiny, Momen, Assistant Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, American University in Cairo, Egypt

  • Falk, Brian, Director. The Project for Lean Urbanism and Center for Applied Transect Studies, USA

  • Fernandes, Cláudia, Professor , University of Porto, Portugal

  • Fitzgerald, Susan, Assistant Professor, Dalhousie University, Canada

  • Hampton, Suzan, PhD Student in Architecture, University of Kansas, USA

  • Hasselwander, Marc, Research Associate, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany

  • Kovacs-Györi, Anna, Postdoc researcher. IDA Lab - PLUS Salzburg, Austria

  • Latoeiro, Ricardo, PdD candidate, Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal

  • Mazzola, Ettore, Professor of Architecture, The University of Notre Dame, Rome, Italy

  • Mestetsky, Henry, Director of Redevelopment, City of Carmel, IN USA

  • Moreno, Mark, Associate Professor, Andrews University School of Architecture/Interior Design, USA

  • Patuszynska, Beata, author,

  • Perez Hernandez, Julio Cesar, Associate Professor, School of Architecture, USA

  • Pittari, John, Associate Professor, Auburn University, USA

  • Robinson, Joanna, Glendon College, York University, UK

  • Scheiber, Sarah, University of Malta, Malta

  • Shoemaker, Douglas, Director of Research and Outreach, CAGIS at UNC Charlotte, USA

  • Small, Thomas, CEO, Culver City Forward, USA

  • Southard, Ellen, Founder, Site Story LLC, USA

  • Srinaga, Felia, University of Pelita Harapan, Indonesia

  • Storry, Christine, Architect, Utopia Architects, Australia

  • Syed, Maria, Designer, Australia

  • Tang, Rennie, Associate Professor, California Polytechnic University Pomona, USA

  • Thomas, Craig, Director, Planning & Development, Royal Roads University, Canada

  • Thün, Geoffrey, Professor of Architecture / Associate Vice President for Research: Social Sciences, Humanities and the Arts, University of Michigan

  • Tirapas, Chamnarn, King Mongkut's University of Technology, Thonburi Thailand

  • Westendorff, Veronica, graduate student, University of NC at Charlotte, USA

  • Wiberg, Katrina, Cand. Arch., Phd, MDL, Associate Professor Landscape Architecture. Aarhus School of Architecture, Denmark

  • Woltering, David, Community Planning Consultant, Woltering Community Planning, LLC

  • Wright, Steven, Writer-Planner

  • Youssef, Karim, Assistant Professor, California Baptist University

  • Zuberi, Dan, Professor, University of Toronto

We hope you'll join us in a beautiful and instructive venue, for an important and joyful gathering! One-day registration and other discounts are available. More information and registration is here:

Our beautiful and instructive venue -- an exemplar of suburban retrofitting -- Le Plessis-Robinson.



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