54th IMCL Conference

Mobile Workshops

We are offering an exciting range of Mobile Workshops on Monday afternoon (October 2), and a walking tour on Friday afternoon (October 6). The Mobile Workshops are guided tours by passionate professionals, and will augment the theme of the conference. The Friday tour is for those who are not able to join a Monday tour.

* indicates that the Workshop offers AICP CM credits.

The size of each Mobile Workshop and tour is limited, so please reserve as soon as possible. Your place on the Workshop/Tour will be confirmed as soon as we have received your payment.

Panelists & Paper Presenters


Anirban Adhya, Associate Professor, Lawrence Technological University. The Detroit Conrail Greenway: A case of urban wilderness and placemaking


54th International
 Making Cities Livable Conference on

Design Awards Competition

Designing Public Places for Community,
Democratic Dialogue,
Health & Equity

The 2017 IMCL Design Competition jury will consider all submissions that speak to Designing Public Places. Projects related to Public Places for Community, Democratic Dialogue, Health & Equity are actively sought, and will be given particular consideration.


Call for Papers

Paper proposals for the 54th IMCL Conference on Public Places for Community, Democratic Dialogue, Health, & Equity are invited from elected officials, scholars and practitioners concerned with the following issues:

Public Places for Community & Democratic Dialogue

  • Streets for people    
  • Child- and elder-friendly public places    
  • “Eyes on the Street”   
  • Reclaiming public space  
  • Strengthening the "Social immune system"/Social networks
  • Designing squares and plazas to support social interaction   
  • Form based coding to generate social life
  • Neighborhood plazas for community life
  • Pairing market places and civic buildings to foster democratic dialogue   
  • Effects of vertical and horizontal sprawl on quality of public places
  • Characteristics of sociable piazzas   
  • Urban density, human scale, and hospitable places   
  • Multi-functional schools as neighborhood centers    
  • Transforming malls into mixed-use community centers 

Public Places for Health

  • Active mobility   
  • Walkable 10-minute community/reshaping suburbia    
  • Lifetime community  
  • How the built and natural environment affects health    
  • Integrating public health and planning  
  • Designing public places to increase wellbeing 
  • Face-to-face social networks and health 
  • How public places can help combat loneliness and depression 
  • Health impact assessment    
  • Increasing walking as a transit mode/pedestrian networks  
  • Bicycle planning, buffered bikeways    
  • Complete streets, green streets, shared space streets    
  • Transit-oriented development    
  • Ensuring access to nature/Green and blue in the city    
  • Community gardens, farmers markets    
  • Neighborhood parks and trails    
  • Mitigating air pollution/Reducing urban heat islands
  • Urban noise, light pollution and health    
  • Fighting climate change by healthy urban design    

Public places for increasing equity

  • Prioritizing improvements to public places in poor neighborhoods   
  • Designing the public realm to heal social segregation   
  • Combatting food deserts/Urban agriculture    
  • Health equity planning    
  • Community participation/sweat equity in public space improvements    
  • Children and youth help improve their neighborhood  
  • Inclusive and equitable communities    
  • Stabilizing low income home ownership/Shared equity housing    
  • Mixed-income/affordable family housing 
  • Land trusts    
  • Who does city government represent?    
  • Housing the homeless/preventing homelessness    
  • Making barrios and favelas healthy    
  • Social integration of immigrants and asylum seekers. 

Become a Sponsor

of the 54th IMCL Conference

Your sponsorship of the 54th IMCL Conference on Public Places for Community, Democratic Dialogue, Health and Equity in Santa Fe, NM will emphasize your organization’s dedication to the goals of making cities more healthy, equitable, democratic, and sustainable. All sponsorship levels are welcomed.

The IMCL Board will be honored to have you become a Sponsor.


54th IMCL Conference on Public Places

La Fonda Hotel, October 2-6, 2017

Program Outline

Monday, October 2

La Fonda Hotel

Keynote Speakers

Jim Brainard, Mayor Carmel, IN. Member of President Obama's Climate Task Force. Climate Change and Urban Design

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