An Urbanicity Alert: International Making Cities Livable Conference 2017

Deadline for submissions: January 31, 2017

Call for Papers and
Design Awards Competition

54th International Making Cities Livable Conference on

Public Places for Community, Democracy, Health, & Equity

La Fonda Hotel, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
October 2-6, 2017

Call for Papers: You are invited to submit a paper proposal for presentation at the 54th International Making Cities Livable (IMCL) Conference on Public Places for Community, Democracy, Health & Equity that will take place October 2-6, 2017 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.



Design Awards Competition: The 2017 IMCL Design Competition jury will consider all submissions that speak to Designing Public Places. Projects related to Public Places for Community, Democracy, Health & Equity are actively sought, and will be given particular consideration.


Public places – our streets, plazas, squares, and green spaces – belong to ALL of us! They are our democratically shared common wealth - the most important aspect of every city. How we treat the public realm demonstrates how we value our fellow citizens, our democratic principles, our health, and our community.

Join us in Santa Fe to share your achievements and learn from others how we can improve our streets and squares - and in the process, strengthen community, civic engagement, health, and equity.

Suzanne H. Crowhurst Lennard, Ph.D.(Arch.)

Co-founder & Director, IMCL Conference


Public Places for Community & Democratic Dialogue

  • Streets for people
  • Child- and elder-friendly public places
  • “Eyes on the Street”
  • Reclaiming public space
  • Bringing people together
  • Designing squares and plazas to support social interaction
  • Form based coding to generate social life
  • Neighborhood plazas for community life
  • Pairing market places and civic buildings to foster democratic dialogue
  • Effects of vertical and horizontal sprawl on quality of public places
  • Characteristics of sociable piazzas
  • Urban density, human scale, and hospitable places
  • Multi-functional schools as neighborhood centers
  • Transforming malls into mixed-use community centers


Public Places for Health

  • Active mobility
  • Walkable 10-minute community/reshaping suburbia
  • Lifetime community
  • How the built and natural environment affects health
  • Integrating public health and planning
  • Face-to-face social networks and health
  • Health impact assessment
  • Increasing walking as a transit mode/pedestrian networks
  • Bicycle planning, buffered bikeways
  • Complete streets, green streets, shared space streets
  • Transit-oriented development
  • Ensuring access to nature/Green and blue in the city
  • Community gardens, farmers markets
  • Neighborhood parks and trails
  • Mitigating air pollution/Reducing urban heat islands
  • Urban noise, light pollution and health
  • Fighting climate change by healthy urban design


Public places for increasing equity

  • Prioritizing improvements to public places in poor neighborhoods
  • Designing the public realm to heal social segregation
  • Combatting food deserts/Urban agriculture
  • Health equity planning
  • Community participation/sweat equity in public space improvements
  • Children and youth help improve their neighborhood
  • Inclusive and equitable communities
  • Stabilizing low income home ownership/Shared equity housing
  • Mixed-income/affordable family housing
  • Land trusts
  • Who does city government represent?
  • Housing the homeless/preventing homelessness
  • Making barrios and favelas healthy
  • Social integration of immigrants and asylum seekers.
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