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REMINDER: Early Bird rate and Call for Abstracts end January 31st!

We hope you'll submit now, or register now, before the deadline.

The Omicron variant is reminding us that we will have to learn to live with this and other threats to urban health and well-being. With vaccines, boosters and effective treatments, and amid signs that the Omicron surge is ending, it appears that the coming weeks will see a safer environment for travel to important conference events like this one. However, to give more time during this moment of lingering uncertainty, we have extended the Call for Abstracts AND the Early Bird registration discount until January 31, 2022. We hope you will make plans now to join us!

"I heard nothing but positive comments...I learned so much and so enjoyed myself.” - Christopher Leinberger, Professor Emeritus, George Washington University, 2021 attendee Join an interdisciplinary, cross-sector gathering of city leaders, researchers, planners, designers and builders, dedicated to making better-quality cities, towns and suburbs since 1985. We will discuss emerging challenges and effective new solutions as well as timeless lessons, in a beautiful case study setting. INFORMATION ON VENUE, HOTELS, TRAVEL, ETC: “Congratulations on an amazing conference… I am really impressed by the organization and smooth operation of the conference itself. The level of the discussion was higher than other conferences I regularly attend…” - David Brain, Professor of Sociology, New College of Florida, 2021 attendee CONFERENCE ANNUAL THEME: "Architecture and the Edges of Public Space: Tools and Strategies for a New Urban Agenda" AMONG THE TOPICS YOU MAY ADDRESS IN YOUR ABSTRACTS:

  • 15-minute cities - and suburbs

  • Lessons from COVID for safer public spaces

  • Resilience, mitigation and adaptation to coming shocks

  • Affordability and homelessness

  • Healthy people, healthy cities, healthy planet

  • Retrofitting for walkability and transport -- tools and srategies

We are delighted to announce the partnerships of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), Placemaking Europe, PlacemakingX, the Council for European Urbanism (CEU), the International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism (INTBAU), France, Sweden and Norway Chapters, and other partners to be announced! BACKGROUND OF THIS YEAR'S THEME: The agenda of making more livable, ecological cities containing more walkable streets and thriving public spaces is now widely embraced. Among other milestones, the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and New Urban Agenda – adopted by acclamation by all 193 member countries of the UN – are now both widely endorsed international frameworks embodying these goals. The race is on to identify and share tools and strategies to implement this agenda in local contexts, including the retrofitting of existing cities, towns, and suburbs. To do this, the IMCL continues to offer a high-level peer-to-peer exchange of the latest effective tools and strategies. Less often discussed – and a key topic of this upcoming IMCL conference – is the role of architecture in forming the edges of successful public spaces. Where architecture is critically examined at all, debate often breaks down into “style wars,” battles of artistic taste, and arguments over whose expressions are valid architectures “of our time.” Evidence shows, however, that the public is often disenchanted with the results of these parochial professional concerns, and there is a growing sense of the irrelevance and even reactionary character of elite and “star” architectures. A growing number of critics have called for a major reassessment – what critic Peter Buchanan has called a “big rethink” – in charting a more responsive, urban-oriented direction for contemporary architecture. At just this historical moment, research into how people react to public spaces is casting a new light on the role of architecture as an important supportive structure for human social interaction, economic exchange and well-being. There are implications for related goals like greater walkability, healthier and lower-carbon lifestyles, and more resource-conserving forms of settlement. Topics like neuroscience, biophilia, evidence-based design, urban network science, complexity science, and related developments, are opening up exciting new possibilities, and pointing the way to a more vital, more relevant kind of architecture for more livable, beautiful, ecological cities. ABOUT THE IMCL: Begun in 1985, the International Making Cities Livable (IMCL) conference series, hosted by the Lennard Institute for Livable Cities, has become a premier international gathering and resource platform for more livable, humane and ecological cities and towns. Our flagship conferences are held in beautiful and instructive cities hosted by visionary leaders able to share key lessons. We are a 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation based in the USA, with alternating events and activities in Europe and other parts of the world. Our most recent conference in June 2021 received a post-conference attendee evaluation score of 93%. “Thanks for a great conference, see you in Paris!” - Doug Kelbaugh, Professor and former Dean, University of Michigan More information: About IMCL:

Plenary discussion at our 2021 conference.



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