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58th IMCL Conference, May 18-20, Paris (Le Plessis-Robinson), France


“Architecture and the Edges of Public Space:
Tools and Strategies for a New Urban Agenda”



Special Guest Professor Carlos Moreno, developer of the 15-minute city for Paris

George Ferguson, Past President, Royal Institute of British Architects and First Elected Mayor of Bristol, UK

Rui Moreira, Mayor of Porto, Portugal; James Brainard, Mayor of Carmel, IN USA; Laura Petrella, UN-Habitat;

and over 60 other plenary and breakout presenters from Europe, the Americas, Africa, Asia and Australia, and from government, business, NGO, academic, reasearch and other sectors.

In partnership with the the City of Le Plessis-Robinson; the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU); the Council for European Urbanism (CEU); the International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism (INTBAU) France, Sweden and Norway Chapters; The European Placemaking Network; PlacemakingX; The Center for Conscious City Design; and other partners TBA

BACKGROUND: Following our successful 2021 conference, “From Sprawl to Neighborhoods: Livable Cities (and Suburbs) for ALL,” the IMCL and its partners are pleased to announce the next conference in the acclaimed series begun in 1985. The IMCL is a unique peer-to-peer gathering of civic leaders and scholars dedicated to transitioning to a more livable, humane and ecological generation of cities, towns and suburbs. Once again, we will focus upon successful case studies and evidence-based research, sharing effective tools and strategies to drive real change.

AT OUR NEXT CONFERENCE, we will assess the role of cities, towns and suburbs in meeting the daunting challenges ahead, and in responding to a “new urban agenda” as called for by an international agreement of all 193 member states of the United Nations. We will critically examine the current state of urban policy and practice, its theories and assumptions. We will focus in particular on the central role of public space and its edges, and the need for new insights, new tools and strategies, as a key to improving the capacity of settlements to promote human flourishing and sustainable human development.


As always, we will focus on effective, evidence-based tools and strategies, supported by research into practice, to drive positive change for cities, towns and suburbs.

CONTEXT: The conference will take place in Le Plessis-Robinson, a remarkable case study of suburban retrofit and transformation from a monocultural bedroom community to a mixed, walkable, diverse community built on universal principles of urbanism and public space. We will compare and contrast this European context with the USA context of Carmel, Indiana, our equally impressive 2021 conference venue. The conference will feature study tours and case studies of the Paris area, including new efforts toward a “15-minute City” and other local issues and developments.


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PLENARY SPEAKERS: (L-R from top to bottom): Rachelle Alterman, Professor of Urban Planning and Law, The Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, and Research Fellow of the Neaman Institute for National Policy Research, Haifa, IL; Xavier Bohl, architect, Atelier Xavier Bohl; Ben Bolgar, Senior Director, The Prince's Foundation; David Brain, Professor of Sociology, New College of Florida USA; Jim Brainard, Mayor, City of Carmel, Indiana USA; Marc Breitman, architect, Breitman and Breitman, Paris FR; Nada Breitman, architect, Breitman and Breitman, Paris FR; Rick Cole, Executive Director, Congress for the New Urbanism, Washington D.C. USA; George Ferguson, architect, Past President, Royal Institute of British Architects, and first elected Mayor of Bristol, UK; Ricardo Fernández Gómez, Director General of Planning and Development, State of Jalisco, Mexico; Jing Jing, Researcher, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm; Christopher Leinberger, Professor Emeritus, George Washington University, Washington D.C., USA; Setha Low, Professor of Anthropology and Psychology, The Graduate Center, City University of New York; Michael Mehaffy, Executive Director, Lennard Institute for Livable Cities, Oregon USA; Rui Moreira, Mayor, Porto, Portugal; Paul Murrain, Urbanist and Author, London, UK; Philippe Pemezec, Senator and former Mayor, Le Plessis-Robinson, FR; Jaacques Perrin, Mayor, Le Plessis-Robinson, FR; Laura Petrella, Chief of Planning, Finance and Economy, UN-Habitat, Nairobi KE; Sergio Porta, Professor of Urban Design, Head of Department and Director of the Urban Design Studies Unit at the Department of Architecture, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK.



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