DEADLINE APPROACHING: JANUARY 31, 2020
Call for Presentation Abstracts & Design Awards Entries

Carmel Center for the Performing Arts
Carmel, Indiana • June 2-6, 2020

The IMCL is a premier international leadership conference on urban quality of life since 1985, bringing together many of the world’s most innovative and successful mayors, planners, economic development specialists, designers, developers, NGO officials, and researchers and scholars. Importantly, the IMCL conferences cover not just big cities but also small towns and suburbs, since such a large percentage of the world’s inhabitants live in these areas, and many of the world’s social, economic and environmental challenges occur there too.

Please join us for our 2020 Conference, “From Sprawl to Neighborhoods: Livable Cities (and Suburbs) for ALL.”

The transformation of sprawl into livable, walkable, sustainable neighborhoods remains an urgent challenge, especially so in an age of unprecedented rapid urbanization.

We’ll gather this year in Carmel, Indiana, a fascinating USA case study of transformation from a sprawling bedroom community to a walkable, diverse, thriving and livable town. Using Carmel as one concrete example, we’ll ask, what are the effective new tools and strategies to bring positive change to suburban areas? What are the barriers Carmel and other similar success stories faced, and how did they overcome them? (Or if they didn’t, what can we learn from those lessons too?) What are their successes and lessons learned, and what can other places learn from them?

And we’ll examine other related challenges for cities and towns today, including the crisis of affordable housing, the need for climate resilience and adaptation, promoting neighborhood health, achieving urban equity, promoting active mobility, age-friendly cities, neighborhoods for children, and much more. We’ll also consider the timeless requirements for human scale architecture and mixed-use urban fabric, for reviving city and town centers, and creating vibrant public places where people can gather for farmers markets, festivals, outdoor cafes and community social life.


We’ll hear from leading researchers about the best evidence on emerging challenges and effective methods, including financial tools, regulatory innovations, design strategies, and promising (and occasionally worrisome) new technologies. We’ll hear from practitioners on the front lines about their successes and challenges, and the latest research on effective approaches. We’ll learn the latest trends from around North America, Europe, and other parts of the world, in livable and sustainable development.

Monon Greenway Expansion in Carmel, IN

Partial list of speakers:
Richard J. Jackson,
MD, MPH

Professor Emeritus of
Public Health, UCLA, and
former Director of the US
National Center for Public
Health at the Centers for
Disease Control
George Ferguson
Architect, Former Mayor,
Bristol, UK and Past
President, Royal Institute
of British Architects
Sven von
Ungern-Sternberg

Former Mayor,
Freiburg Germany
AND OUR HOST
Mayor James Brainard
of Carmel, along with
members of his expert
staff. Previous member of
President Obama’s Climate
Task Force.
Laura
Petrella

Head of the City Planning,
Extension and Design Unit
at UN-Habitat
Christopher
Leinberger

Professor at George
Washington University,
Developer, Researcher,
Author and Former
Nonresident Senior Fellow
at the Metropolitan Policy
Program of The Brookings
Institution, Washington DC.
Elizabeth
Plater-Zyberk

Pioneering urbanist and
architect, and co-author of
Suburban Nation: The Rise
of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream
Ellen
Dunham-Jones

Co-author of Retrofitting
Suburbia, Professor
at Georgia Institute
of Technology,
and a leading authority on
suburban redevelopment

CALL FOR PRESENTATION ABSTRACTS
DEADLINE JANUARY 31, 2020


Proposals are invited from all concerned with issues such as:

RESHAPING SUBURBAN SPRAWL

• Reshaping the mall into a town center

• Transforming strip malls into urban fabric

• Schools as neighborhood centers

• Climate adaptation in the suburbs

THE HEALTHY CITY

• Promoting health equity throughout the city

• Prioritizing pedestrian, bike and transit

• Access to community social life

• Access to nature, clean air and water, food

• Designing high density human scale, mixed use urban fabric

PUBLIC HEALTH AND PLANNING COLLABORATION

• Integrating public health and planning in city government and education

• How the built and/or natural environment affects health and well-being

• Health impact assessment, neighborhood health inventories, healthy planning guidelines

A LIVABLE CITY FOR ALL

• Prioritizing planning for elders, kids, low-income & marginalized communities

• Inclusionary planning for socio-economic neighborhood diversity

• Intergenerational place-based and ethnic communities

• Enhancing resilience, cooperation and social capital

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

2020 IMCL URBAN DESIGN COMPETITION


IMCL was founded on the premise that the physical design of the city, especially its public spaces and general architectural character, is enormously important to the daily well-being of all citizens. Urban design plays an equally important role as a critical nurturing influence, especially for children and the elderly.


The 2020 IMCL Urban Design Competition is intended to highlight the physical design/redesign of elements of the city that demonstrate successful solutions to common urban problems.


The Competition is not simply a beauty contest, although a truly Livable City is our highest art form, but a search for exceptionally well-designed projects that embody a natural fitness to purpose; projects that take advantage of and celebrate the unique and diverse opportunities of urban life; projects that reflect, respect and enhance their place, culture and citizenry; projects that are socially and environmentally responsible, and promise to be beloved by future generations as well.

We are looking forward to seeing you!
Copyright © 2020 Suzanne C. and Henry L, Lennard Institute for Livable Cities, All

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