An Urbanicity Alert: International Making Cities Livable Conference 2018

55th International Making Cities Livable Conference on
Healthy, 10-Minute Neighborhoods

The Shaw Center, Ottawa, Canada, May 14-18, 2018

30+ AICP Credits Available

Join us in Ottawa to share your achievements and learn from others how to promote healthy, sustainable, equitable 10-minute neighborhoods. We shall discuss the best neighborhood models for encouraging walking, biking and public transit, places to foster daily social life and community, opportunities for daily contact with nature, and equitable neighborhood planning.


Dear International Making Cities Livable,

Ottawa is thrilled to be the first Canadian city to host your prestigious conference. We look forward to this opportunity to learn from the experiences of the world-renowned professionals that will be speaking at the conference, and share with you our own journey toward our goal of being the most livable major city in North America.

The 55th IMCL Conference will feature a series of presentations on the Ottawa model of urbanism. Ottawa is working hard towards the 2018 opening of the city’s new Light Rail transit system, which represents the graduation of our 40-year Bus Rapid Transit culture to the next level of rapid transit. You will hear how Ottawa achieves high transit ridership, exceeds its intensification targets, addresses contemporary issues of urban form and design, and uses regulatory land use tools to support its goals of 50% non-car mode share by 2031.

Ottawa in the spring is also one of Canada’s most charming cities, with its laid-back yet bustling street life, well-used buses, myriad of festivals and cultural events, pedestrian- and bike-friendly neighborhoods, intimate bars and inventive restaurants, amidst the spectacular monuments of the nation and a breathtaking natural setting.

Jim Watson,
Mayor, City of Ottawa


At this conference we ask: What principles should guide the development of Healthy, 10-Minute Neighborhoods? How are cities around the world addressing this goal? How well are they succeeding? What are the best strategies and tools? And can we apply the best of these ideas in our own city neighborhoods? Join the discussion!

Defining Principles

Planning for active living ** Generating social networks ** Ecological sustainability ** Fighting climate change ** Promoting health equity ** Reshaping suburbia ** Transit-oriented, mixed-use development

New Human-Scale Neighborhoods

Freiburg’s Rieselfeld and Vauban ** Toronto’s “places where people flourish” ** The Ottawa model of urbanism ** New neighborhoods in Denver ** Carmel, IN: a new walkable city center ** New neighborhoods in St. Petersburg, Russia ** The new town center, Poundbury, UK

Transformational Neighborhoods

Barcelona’s Superblock Program ** Warsaw’s new Metro neighborhoods – “a good place to live” ** San Antonio’s Pearl ** Brownfield development in Westminster, CO ** Turning around a blighted corridor, Madison, WI ** Teaching students to think holistically about the neighborhood.

Visionary opportunities and challenges

Rapid growth of a small town: Bodo, Norway ** How to maintain diversity and affordability in a booming region: San Bruno, CA ** Rebuilding inhuman neighborhoods: Zen, Palermo and Corviale, Rome ** High-rise housing challenges ** Amaravati, India’s new capital city ** Water-transit oriented development, Bangkok, Thailand ** Rapid growth in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


The 10-Minute walking radius ** Integrating public health and planning: Peel Public Health **
“Reimagining the Mall” ** “Complete Streets” and Livable Neighborhoods policy, Waterloo ** “Love my Hood”, Kitchener ** Strengthening neighborhood resilience: Christchurch, New Zealand

Tools for healthy neighborhoods

Special area plan, Madison, WI ** Health Master Plan, Jackson, TN ** Bike networks, Dearborn, MI ** Green networks, Detroit ** “Walking audits ** “pop-ups”, Vancouver ** Urban trail system, Lawrence, KS ** Accessible nature: new parks in Toronto ** Woonerf in Seattle

This is a peer reviewed conference with over 100 presenters, panelists and invited speakers from 30 countries around the world.


Sven von Ungern-
Mayor Ada Colau,
Barcelona, Spain
Mayor Jim
Brainard, Carmel,
George Ferguson,
Bristol, UK
Warsaw, Poland
Ofer Manor,
Jerusalem, Israel
Stephen Willis,
Ottawa, Canada
Richard J.
Jackson, Los
Angeles, CA
Philip Langdon,
New Haven, CT
Maxim Atayants,
St. Petersburg,
Ettore Maria
Mazzola, Rome,
Salvador Rueda,
Barcelona, Spain
Phil Stafford,
Bloomington, IN

The 2018 IMCL Design Competition on Designing Healthy 10-Minute Neighborhoods highlights built and proposed projects that promote Community, Health, Sustainability, and Equity. Winning projects are published on the IMCL website, and promoted through professional and news media.

Click here to see the 2017 IMCL Design Awards.

For more information about the Competition, click here.



Conference registration fee:

  • $595 before February 1, 2018
  • $645 before April 1, 2018
  • $695 after April 1, 2018

Special rates are available for Speakers, Design Awards participants, Students, and Nonprofits.

Find out more or register online here.



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