Call for Papers

Paper proposals for the 55th IMCL Conference on Healthy, 10-Minute Neighborhoods are invited from elected officials, scholars and practitioners. The following are examples of the types of issues that will be addressed:

Planning 10-Minute neighborhoods

  • Land-use planning for new neighborhoods
  • Re-shaping suburbia into healthy 10-minute neighborhoods
  • Essential elements of 10-minute neighborhoods

Generating Community in 10-Minute Neighborhoods

  • Neighborhood plazas, sociable squares
  • Reclaiming streets for people    
  • Child- and elder-friendly lifetime community  
  • Form based coding to generate “Eyes on the Street”   
  • Strengthening the "Social immune system" to combat loneliness, depression 
  • Social networks in vertical and horizontal sprawl v. human scale density

The Healthy 10-Minute Neighborhood

  • Active mobility, walkable, bikable streets
  • How the built and natural environment affects health    
  • Integrating public health and planning  
  • Health impact assessment    
  • Complete streets, green streets, shared space streets  
  • Health effects of nature - parks, gardens, rivers, incidental green
  • Health impact of air pollution, urban noise, light pollution; and mitigation strategies
  • Fighting crime and anti-social behavior through urban design

The Ecologically Sustainable 10-Minute Neighborhood

  • Fighting climate change by healthy urban design    
  • Transit-oriented, mixed-use development    
  • Restructuring suburbs: malls, multi-functional schools, mixed-use infill
  • Sustainability of high-rise and sprawl v. human scale density
  • Green architecture, green urban design
  • Combatting food deserts, urban agriculture    
  • Healthy green and blue urban ecosystems

The Equitable 10-Minute Neighborhood

  • Health equity planning    
  • Inclusive and equitable communities, healing social segregation   
  • Mixed-income/affordable family housing 
  • Stabilizing low income home ownership, Shared equity housing, etc   
  • Community participation/ Children and youth involvement
  • Prioritizing improvements in poor neighborhoods, barrios and favelas
  • Housing the homeless/preventing homelessness    
  • Social integration of immigrants and asylum seekers.

If you wish to present a paper, please submit a 250 word abstract for consideration before December 25, 2017. (We have extended this final deadline for the sake of readers of two major journals that were unable to publish the Call for Papers until early December).  Please submit online, below.

This is a highly competitive process. Proposals are peer reviewed and selected for presentation at the conference. Written papers are requested from all presenters (except Pecha Kucha), and must be submitted by those presenters wishing to be considered for publication by IMCL. 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.

Please be aware that the Program Committee will select presentations for one of the following categories:

  1. Full presentations. Peer reviewed. 20 minute PPT presentation, plus 10 minute Q&A. Written papers are requested (see above).
  2. Short presentations. Peer reviewed. 10 minute PPT presentation. General session Q&A. Written papers are requested (see above).
  3. Poster presentations. Intended for Ph.D. students and junior presenters. Presented as a poster in a 1 hour general Poster Session. Written papers are requested (see above).
  4. This year, for the first time, the Program Committee also invites proposals for Pecha Kucha presentations – 20 slides automatically advanced every 20 seconds. This is only suitable for presenting a simple idea, challenging argument, or entertaining spoof. The topic must be relevant. If you wish to propose a PK presentation please specify this at the top, and list 20 short sentences to identify the line of your presentation. Papers are not requested.

Notification will be sent within 6 weeks of submission. Papers must be presented in person at the conference, and thus presenters must register for the conference at the special presenter's rate (or Junior presenters rate for Ph.D. students). Final accepted papers are due March 2018. They will be published in the digital conference proceedings. Selected papers will also be published in eReports on focused topics. For questions, contact us.

Call for Papers Form