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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.

Yale’s new Benjamin Franklin and Pauli Murray residential colleges, designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, has just won the Charles Bulfinch Architectural Award in the “institutional” category. Congratulations!

Marlena Happach is making a lasting impact as the Director of Architecture and Spatial Planning in Warsaw, Poland. Driven by her belief that quality of the city’s public places determines quality of life, she is working to “make more space for pedestrians”, “increase green in the city”, “create multifunctional, attractive spaces”, and emphasize the human scale that residents clearly prefer. “This is the end of the big investments, we want to start making little changes…” says Happach

A deadline is coming up, so act now to register for the “Healthy, 10-Minute Neighborhoods Conference”. This is going to be a spectacular event, with participants and speakers from around the world, passionate to share their findings, experience, and best plans for creating sustainable, sociable, green and walkable complete neighborhoods, and to learn from others dedicated to these ideals. 

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