Announcing Our New Website!

Dear visitors, You have reached our archive website for the years 1985 to 2020, which is (no hyphen). The 2021 conference also had its own special website, livable-cities.or (with a hyphen). We are delighted to announce our NEW website that will be used for all conferences and other events starting with our 2022 conference … Read more

Happy New Year 2020!

Dear Colleagues, Best wishes for the New Year, from the staff and board of the IMCL! I wanted to give you a personal update on the expansion and growth of the IMCL, and especially our developing plans for the next big conference in June 2020… As you might know, the IMCL was founded in 1985 … Read more

The Death and Life of Great American…Suburbs?

Long considered beneath serious attention by design and planning elites, suburban settlements in the United States are emerging as key arenas to address crucial environmental, economic, and social issues. By: Michael Mehaffy Orenco Station Town Center in Hillsboro, Oregon The late New York Times architecture critic Herbert Muschamp was probably speaking for many architects and … Read more

Architecture Programs Need a Change: Put People First—Not Just ‘Art’

Here is an essay on architectural education and the need for reform, written by a group of educators and practitioners including our own executive director, Michael Mehaffy: This essay responds to the British architecture schools’ “Open Letter to the Architectural Community: A Call for Curriculum Change.” Since educating architects is a global problem, the analysis … Read more

Remembering Suzanne Crowhurst Lennard

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of our dear friend and collaborator Suzanne Crowhurst Lennard, at 3:15 AM on September 17, after a relatively short illness. The cause of livable and humane cities has lost a champion—but her work and legacy will go on, including the International Making Cities Livable conference … Read more

56th IMCL Conference Workshops Summary

The Final Friday Workshop reviewed participants’ priorities as to how we should best take into account the needs of children, elders, and the poor as we make decisions about the built environment. This is the summary of the Final Workshop findings: TOP RECOMMENDATIONS! 1.  How does the local government engage with the public? – we … Read more

A Successful IMCL Conference!

This was a very dynamic and lively conference! From the Workshops and Welcome Reception on Monday, the stimulating main plenary sessions and concurrent sessions with so many engaged participants, the conference luncheon and Awards Ceremony, to the Final Workshop and tour, the conference was a great success. Participants seem to have enjoyed the event and … Read more

A beautiful linear park through poor neighborhoods boosts health equity

Suanne H. Crowhurst Lennard Parque Oriental, a linear park currently in construction, is becoming a major contribution to health equity. Stretching 2.5 miles along a steep valley whose stream runs into the Douro River it borders some of the poorest neighborhoods in Porto, Portugal, and connects the neighborhoods with the business district along the river.  … Read more

Porto: Reinvention of old slaughterhouse as center of neighborhood social life, culture and innovation

Suzanne H. Crowhurst Lennard The Matadouro, Porto’s nineteenth century slaughterhouse, abandoned for 40 years, lies between the inner ring road east of the city and one of the poorest neighborhoods, Campanhã. It is a very large site, comprising 29,000 square meters, and encompassing 15 interconnected industrial buildings in the classical style. The Matadouro has been … Read more

Reclaiming Porto’s historic buildings for social housing

Suzanne H. Crowhurst Lennard “I cannot conceive of managing a city that is prosperous, but only for some. I pledged that I would govern in an inclusive manner.” Mayor Rui Moreira Since his election in 2013 Mayor Rui Moreira has enacted numerous major programs to achieve health and inclusivity for all Porto citizens. This article … Read more