57th Conference Topics

The 57th IMCL conference in Carmel will focus special attention on effective strategies and visionary design solutions to making our cities, and especially their suburban areas, healthy and livable for ALL – young and old, poor and well-to do, and those with health and mobility issues. Topics will include:

Learning from Carmel

  • Financing Mechanisms
  • Creating a Town Center
  • Calming Traffic

Reshaping Suburban Sprawl

  • 10-Minute Neighborhoods
  • Human scale, mixed-use development
  • Minimizing high-rise development
  • Reshaping suburban shopping malls into town centers

Achieving Neighborhood Health Equity

  • Achieving and maintaining healthy environments for children and elders
  • Accessible neighborhood social centers, parks and gardens
  • Strategic interventions: land use & transportation
  • Overcoming neighborhood health inequalities

Green Cities

  • Climate change resilience
  • Protecting the health of natural systems in the city
  • Food sustainability
  • Urban beautification: more trees, nature, and community art work

Affordable Housing for ALL

  • Mixed income multi-family housing
  • Mixed-use commercial and housing
  • The importance of social networks for physical and mental health

Preventing and Ending Homelessness

  • Innovative funding to prevent homelessness
  • Ensuring very low income affordable housing
  • Combining transitional housing, with jobs & services

Active Mobility and Complete Streets

  • Bicycle planning and bike networks
  • Walkability
  • Transportation accessibility

Integrating Public Health and Planning

  • Public health & urban planning departments collaborate
  • Health Impact Assessment methods and case studies
  • Tools for healthy planning

The Social Environment

  • Creating community living rooms
  • Age-friendly communities
  • Building social networks 

International Collaboration: Implementing the "New Urban Agenda"

  • The New Urban Agenda as embodiment of IMCL goals
  • Tools and strategies to share internationally
  • New challenges with rapid urbanization, slums and informal settlements, poverty, opportunity and capacity
  • Learning from each other: the role of the USA and Europe as collaborators and (better) role models