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    
  • Face-to-face social networks and health   
  • 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. 


If you wish to present a paper, please submit a 250 word abstract for consideration before January 31, 2017. Please submit online, below. Deadline extended to February 28.

This is a highly competitive process. Proposals are peer reviewed and selected for presentation at the conference. Presenters whose papers are accepted for presentation are required to prepare a final paper. Final papers are peer reviewed and selected for publication in the conference proceedings, the eConference, and for inclusion in the IMCL eReports published on selected topics after the conference.

Please prepare proposals for blind peer review. The personal information is required but will not be circulated to reviewers. In the abstract box, please include paper title and abstract (200-250 words), but do not include any personal information.

Notification will be sent within 4 weeks of submission. Final accepted papers are due June 2017. Papers must be presented in person at the conference and will be published in the digital conference proceedings. Selected papers will also be published in eReports on focused topics.

For questions, contact us.