Topics at the 53rd IMCL Conference on Caring for Our Common Home: Sustainable, Healthy, Just Cities and Settlements include:

Achieving Healthy, Just, Sustainable Cities

  • A Culture of Care
  • The Common Good: Social Ethics
  • Integral Ecology: Environmental, Economic and Social
  • Inclusionary Planning
  • Cultural Patrimony: Foundation for a Habitable City
  • Intergenerational Justice
  • Defining Real Urban Sustainability
  • Inclusionary Housing and Shared Equity
  • Integrated Strategies to Combat Poverty and Protect Nature

Prioritizing Urban Health Equity

  • Quality of Life for All
  • Intergenerational Communities
  • Healthy City for Children
  • Healthy City for the Poor
  • Strengthening Resilience of Vulnerable Populations
  • Intra-Generational Cities

Caring for Quality of Life

  • Promoting the well-being of individuals and of peoples
  • The Public Realm
  • Places for Social Life and Community
  • City Squares, Neighborhood Squares
  • Strengthening Community
  • Streets for All People

Community-led City and Neighborhood Planning

  • Healing Forgotten Neighborhoods
  • Catalysts for Shared Identity
  • Generating Love for the City and Neighborhood
  • Civic Friendship
  • Genuine Participation in Planning Policy
  • Participation in Neighborhood Improvements – Sweat Equity

How Successful, Livable Cities Prioritize the Common Good

  • Prioritize Quality of (All) Life, not just GDP
  • Healthy Growth Strategies for the Sustainable City
  • Human Scale in the Sustainable City
  • The City of Short Distances, Urban Villages
  • Authentic Development – Bottom-Up Development
  • Making Shanty Towns Healthier
  • Combatting the Commodification of Cities
  • Urban Stewardship

Healthy Environments: Urban and Rural

  • Impact of the Built Environment on Health and Human DNA
  • Impact of Nature on Health
  • Impact of Urban Development on the Health of the Environment
  • Strategies to Improve Air and Water Quality
  • Urban Design Strategies to Achieve Health Equity
  • Green Strategies to Achieve Health Equity
  • Strategies to Strengthen the Social Immune System
  • Health Impact Assessments/Environmental Impact Assessments

Caring for Green and Blue in the City

  • The Common Good – the Earth
  • Trees in the City
  • Nature and Health are Indivisible
  • Greening Poor Neighborhoods
  • Equality of Access to Nature
  • Green Fingers and Biodiversity Corridors
  • Restore Urban Watercourses/Streams/Rivers
  • Green Streets and Arterials
  • Green Walls and Roofs
  • Urban Agriculture

Prioritizing Low Energy Use Cities

  • Walkable, Bikeable Cities
  • Ten-Minute Neighborhoods
  • Affordable, Accessible Public Transit
  • Traffic Calming
  • Pedestrian Networks

How We Construct Our Cities:

  • Construction Methods Using Low Carbon Footprint
  • Building Design Using Renewable Energy
  • Buildings that are Mendable, Adaptable, Built to Last
  • Natural Materials that Last and Age Gracefully
  • Climate-Appropriate Architecture and Urban Design
  • Regional Architecture

Ensuring a Truly Sustainable Urban Fabric

  • Vertical Mixed-Use, Mixed-Income
  • Compact Contiguous Urban Fabric for a Successful Public Realm
  • Human Scale: Vertical and Horizontal
  • Integrating Nature
  • Framing the Public Realm

Sustainable City Government

  • Who Does City Government Work For?
  • Prioritizing the Common Good
  • Ethics Standards in City Government
  • Governmental Transparency
  • Genuine Community Participation in Planning
  • Sustainable Financing for Community Development
  • Ethically Financing Urban Improvements
  • The Right to the City