Call for Papers

56thIMCL Conference on

“A Healthy City for All”

Sentinel Hotel, Portland, OR
June 17-21, 2019



The Healthy City

  • Promoting health equity throughout the city
  • Minimizing commuting: prioritizing pedestrian, bike and transit
  • Access to community social life
  • Access to nature, clean air and water, healthy food
  • Designing high density, human scale, mixed use urban fabric

The City for All

  • Prioritizing planning for children, elders, the poor  
  • Inclusionary planning for socio-economic neighborhood diversity
  • Intergenerational place-based and ethnic communities

Healthy Transportation Planning

  • Urban pedestrian networks, bicycle planning, buffered bikeways
  • Complete streets, green streets, greening urban arterials
  • Improving transit services for all, especially poorer neighborhoods 

Public Health and Planning Collaborate

  • Integrating public health and planning in city government and education
  • How the built and/or natural environment affects health and human DNA
  • Health impact assessment, neighborhood health inventories, healthy planning guidelines

Access to Nature

  • Neighborhood parks and green spaces, urban agriculture
  • Promoting the urban forest: incidental nature: streets, walls, roofs
  • Restoring urban watercourses/streams/rivers

Public Places for Social Life

  • Hospitable streets
  • Multi-functional city and neighborhood squares

Healthy Urban Fabric for 10-Minute neighborhoods

  • Achieving fine-grained vertical mixed-use, human scale urban fabric
  • Sustainability problems of horizontal and vertical sprawl
  • Form-based codes, urban design guidelines

Sustainable, Equitable Housing

  • Inclusionary housing, shared equity, and land trusts
  • Designing affordable family housing in the city
  • Designs for mixed-income housing

Ending homelessness

  • Housing, services and jobs for homeless persons
  • Integrated strategies to combat poverty
  • Combatting the commodification of cities

Combatting inequitable gentrification

  • Regenerating poor neighborhoods and brownfields
  • Stabilizing housing and job security for existing populations
  • Healthy sustainable urban growth strategies

Strengthening ethnic and cultural diversity

  • Protecting communities of color
  • Social and physical landmarks
  • Places for traditional and new events

Reducing Negative Health Impacts

  • Fighting climate change by healthy urban design
  • Strategies to improve air and water quality
  • Reducing urban heat islands, light pollution, urban noise 

Community Participation

  • Civic engagement in planning, place-making, regeneration
  • Children and youth help improve their neighborhood
  • Community-led public space improvements

Transforming Suburbs into Walkable Neighborhoods

  • Reshaping the mall into a town center
  • Transforming strip malls into urban fabric
  • Schools as neighborhood centers

Architecture for a Healthy City

  • Street facades, scale and fractals
  • Architecture and the public realm
  • Urban design to create community

Maintaining a City’s Identity

  • Cultural patrimony: foundation for a habitable city
  • Generating love for the city and neighborhood
  • Strengthening the city’s architectural DNA

If you wish to present a paper, please submit a 250 word abstract for consideration before October 15, 2018 - Extended to November 15, 2018.  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. 15 minute PPT presentation. General session. Written papers are requested (see above).
  3. Poster presentations. Intended for Ph.D. students and junior presenters. Presented as a poster in a general Poster Session. Written papers are requested (see above).
  4. 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). Deadline for paper proposals is October 15, 2018 - Extended to November 15, 2018. Final accepted papers are due March 2019. They will be published in the digital conference proceedings. Selected papers will also be published in eReports on focused topics. For questions, contact us.

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