IMCL Honor Award, Proposed Project – VeloCity

Jury Statement:  This is a visionary conceptual plan, directly and clearly illustrating through cartoons how to sustainably accommodate one million new homes across a swath of English countryside stretching from Oxford to Milton Keynes to Cambridge. This vision soundly rejects auto-dependent sprawl in favor of bike and pedestrian networks, and imagines the revival of existing … Read more

Urbanity in the gothic style

Yale’s new Benjamin Franklin and Pauli Murray residential colleges, designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, has just won the Charles Bulfinch Architectural Award in the “institutional” category. Congratulations! This interconnected network of diverse, contiguous, human scale buildings exemplifies the characteristics of great urbanity. The buildings are friendly to the street, offering complexity, detail, texture — … Read more

Marlena Happach: “This is the end of the big investments”

Marlena Happach is making a lasting impact as the Director of Architecture and Spatial Planning in Warsaw, Poland. Driven by her belief that quality of the city’s public places determines quality of life, she is working to “make more space for pedestrians”, “increase green in the city”, “create multifunctional, attractive spaces”, and emphasize the human … Read more

Register before April 1 to save

A deadline is coming up, so act now to register for the “Healthy, 10-Minute Neighborhoods Conference”. This is going to be a spectacular event, with participants and speakers from around the world, passionate to share their findings, experience, and best plans for creating sustainable, sociable, green and walkable complete neighborhoods, and to learn from others … Read more

Jennifer Keesmaat, Toronto’s controversial former Chief Planner, to speak at IMCL

She is outspoken, articulate, and controversial. And she believes that survival of our cities – and our planet – requires a massive culture shift. Jennifer Keesmaat, Toronto’s Chief Planner for 5 years, “a passionate champion for bike lanes, pedestrian-friendly streets, and improved transit” (CBC News) will be keynote speaker at the 55th IMCL Conference on … Read more

Making Healthy Neighborhoods Happen

A healthy neighborhood is one in which most trips – to school, shops, services, work, recreation, and public transit can be made by foot or bike within 10 minutes. At the 55th IMCL Conference we shall review some of the most innovative efforts to create healthy 10-minute neighborhoods. The goal of the HealthyHoods research initiative … Read more

Healthy neighborhoods facilitate community social life

Social health is the foundation for physical health. At the 55th IMCL Conference we shall discuss how findings in public health and social sciences should impact the way planners and urban designers shape neighborhoods.  The quality and quantity of our daily social interaction, and our sense of belonging strongly influence both physical and mental health[1]. … Read more