The International Making Cities Livable Conferences were founded in 1985, and are held biannually in the United States and Europe. They are unique in enabling city officials, architects, planners, developers, community leaders, behavioral and public health scientists, artists and others responsible for the livability of their cities to exchange experiences, ideas, strategies and expertise.

What distinguishes the IMCL Conferences from other conferences in architecture, planning or municipal affairs is the breadth of themes and issues addressed, and how they are interconnected. From the outset the organizers felt that, unless our attention can encompass, at the same time, the array of elements essential to a healthy and livable city, little can be accomplished.