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Application Deadline: October 15, 2018 

Urban designers, landscape architects, architects, planners, developers, cities and others are invited to enter one or more projects. Projects that emphasize Health, Equity, Community, and Sustainability are actively sought, and will be given particular consideration.

The jury is particularly interested in designs for:

  • Regenerating poor neighborhoods and preventing displacement
  • Housing the homeless
  • Protecting neighborhood ethnic identity
  • Mixed use, human scale, urban fabric
  • Public transit, bike and pedestrian networks in poor neighborhoods
  • Mixed-income affordable housing
  • City squares, neighborhood squares for social life and community 
  • Neighborhood parks and green spaces
  • Reshaping a mall into a town center
  • Transforming a strip mall into urban fabric
  • Strengthening a city’s architectural DNA

In all projects, the jury will be looking for evidence that the project fits well within its context, and contributes to Creating a Healthy City for All. To read more click here.

The Award Ceremony will take place at the 56thIMCL Conference, at the Sentinel Hotel, Portland, OR, June 17-21, 2019.

The 56thIMCL Conference on “A Healthy City for ALL” will take place at the Sentinel Hotel, Portland, OR, June 17-21, 2019.

If you wish to give a presentation, please submit a 250 word abstract for consideration before October 15, 2018.  Please submit online here

Topics include:

The Healthy City **  The City for ALL  ** Healthy Transportation Planning **  Public Health and Planning Collaborate  **  Access to Nature  ** Public Places for Social Life **  Healthy Urban Fabric for 10-Minute Neighborhoods  **  Sustainable, Equitable Housing  ** Ending Homelessness  **  Combatting Inequitable Gentrification  ** Strengthening Ethnic and Cultural Diversity  ** Reducing Negative Health Impacts **  Community Participation  ** Transforming Suburbs into Walkable Neighborhoods  ** Architecture for a Healthy City **  Maintaining a City’s Identity ** and more...

A Healthy City for ALL

That’s what the 56thIMCL Conference in Portland, Oregon, June 17-21, 2019 is calling for! 

We rejoice that many cities now are becoming more healthy, by making great improvements in walkability, bikeability, public transit, and access to community, nature and healthy food. We will hear from some of the best models around the world. 

The BIG challenge is that these goals are not reaching those most in need. The poorest neighborhoods suffer the greatest health problems. We will hear from cities that are tackling these problems head on with outstanding programs for equitable, healthy neighborhoods.

Did you miss the conference in Ottawa but wish you could still read the papers and view the slideshows? Perhaps you attended the conference but didn't get a chance to see all the presentations and wish you could fill in the gaps. In either case, the eConference is your ticket!

“I cannot conceive of managing a city that is prosperous, but only for some. I pledged that I would govern in an inclusive manner, using the attraction of investment and access to culture as instruments of social cohesion and true democracy, empowering and networking with local stakeholders for maximum impact.”
– Mayor Rui Moreira [1]

Mayor Moreira of Porto has provided an exemplary model in his first term for how to make our cities more healthy and livable for all. As his uniquely beautiful city becomes better known, he has fought hard to protect all his citizens, especially the poor, from displacement by gentrification and “touristification”.

This past conference was the best one I have attended in nearly 30 years.

Ken Mech, MCIP, RPP
Manager of Current Planning, City of Niagara Falls, Ontario


Fabulous conference. I was so delighted to be part of it and to have the participation of my company Stantec. We all thoroughly enjoyed the week and the sessions were superb.

Nancy Meloshe
Principal, Community Development, Stantec, Ottawa

Many thanks to everyone who helped make the 55thIMCL Conference on Healthy, 10-Minute Neighborhoods such a resounding success! To the city of Ottawa, speakers, panelists, sponsors, competitors, tour leaders, volunteers, and participants  - you all contributed magnificently! 

The Ottawa Conference is over, but if you would still like to access the conference web pages (speakers, program, sponsors, etc.) please click here. These pages will still be available for a while.

The electronic version of the Conference will be available online for six months. If you were registered you will have received a coupon code to access it for free. If you missed the conference you can now purchase it to see the presentations and read the papers. 

Dr. Tam, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, urges Canadian cities to improve the nation’s health by reshaping the built environment. Ottawa will host the 55thInternational Making Cities Livable Conference on Healthy 10-Minute Neighborhoods, May 14-18, assembling an international roster of outstanding speakers to examine how best to ensure that within a 10-minute walk or bike ride, most residents can access community gathering places, shops, schools, parks, services, places of work, and public transit.

George Ferguson, CBE, PPRIBA, RWA, a British politician, former architect and entrepreneur, who served as the first elected Mayor of Bristol  (2012 to 2016) will give a keynote speech titled Enabling the Urban Village at the upcoming 55th International Making Cities Livable Conference on Healthy, 10-Minute Neighborhoods in Ottawa, May 14-18.

Cities throughout Canada are growing rapidly. For the sake of citizens’ health and to slow the effects of climate change the biggest challenge is to transform auto-dependent suburban sprawl into walkable neighborhoods. Mayor James Brainard of Carmel, Indiana will speak at the 55thIMCL Conference on Healthy, 10-Minute Neighborhoods, in Ottawa, May 14-18, about how Carmel is achieving this goal.

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