An Urbanicity Alert: International Making Cities Livable Conference 2017

54th International Making Cities Livable Conference
P U B L I C  P L A C E S

Community • Democracy • Health • Equity

La Fonda Hotel, Santa Fe, NM
October 2-6, 2017

This October, placemakers from all over the world are meeting in Santa Fe to discuss the theme of IMCL’s 54th Conference: Public Places that foster community, democracy, health, and equity.

Our public places – streets, plazas, squares and green spaces – are the most important aspect of every city. They are our common wealth. They belong to every citizen. How we treat our public places demonstrates how we value our fellow citizens, our democratic principles, our health, and our community.

Join us in Santa Fe, October 2-6 to share your city’s achievements and to learn what other cities around the world have done to improve their public places, and in the process, bring people together, encourage active living, and improve the health and well-being of all for generations to come.

The Conference program will include the design competition and exhibition, plenary sessions, panels, workshops, a great hospitality program, and tours of the uniquely beautiful city of Santa Fe and nearby pueblos.

Register soon to secure a discounted rate!

Invited Speakers:

Speakers will share local and global perspectives on the role of public places in civic engagement, mobility, physical and social health, right to the city, and more!

  • Pete Buttigieg, Mayor, South Bend, IN. The Importance of Public Places for Improving Equity and Democratic Dialogue
  • Ada Colau, Mayor, Barcelona, SPAIN. Recipient, IMCL City of Vision Award for Improving Barcelona’s Physical and Social Health through the Superblock Program. Public Places and the Right to the City
  • George Ferguson, CBE, PPRIBA, RWA. Former Mayor of Bristol, UK, Architect. Welcome. Opening Streets for People
  • Javier Gonzales, Mayor, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Welcome. Santa Fe’s Plaza and Public Places
  • David Harvey, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology & Geography, Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). Author of Rebel Cities, and The Ways of the World. Public Places for Democratic Dialogue
  • Richard J. Jackson, MD, MPH. Professor, Dept. of Environmental Sciences, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA. Public Places and Public Health
  • Jennifer Keesmaat, Chief Planner & Executive Director, City of Toronto. Planning Public Places for Community, Democratic Dialogue, Health & Equity
  • Michael Lykoudis, The Francis and Kathleen Rooney Dean of the School of Architecture, University of Notre Dame. Designing Meaningful Urban Places
  • Miroslawa Romaniszyn, Municipal Conservator of Historic Monuments, City of Torun, POLAND. Torun's Old and New City Market Squares and Public Places
  • Janet Sanz, Deputy Mayor for Ecology, Urbanism and Mobility, Barcelona, SPAIN. Improving Barcelona’s Physical and Social Health through the Superblock Program
  • Sven von Ungern-Sternberg, Dr., Former Mayor of Freiburg, and Governor for the State of South Baden, Freiburg, GERMANY. Planning for Mobility in Freiburg, Germany.

The Mayor of Santa Fe welcomes International Making Cities Livable:

Dear International Making Cities Livable,

Welcome to Santa Fe! Our community thanks you very much for choosing The City Different for the fifth time to host your conference, and for coming at such a beautiful time of our year.

This year’s conference theme of “Public Places for Community, Democratic Dialogue, Health and Equity” is one that Santa Fe relates to strongly. As you may know from previous visits, we preserve, protect and produce our public spaces with those principles in mind. We’ve been recognized by the American Planning Association, who named the Santa Fe Railyard as one of the Great Places In America, and last December we were named one of three finalists in the world for the National Geographic World Legacy Awards in the Sense Of Place category.

Your continued visits to us also reaffirm our commitment as a livable, sustainable city with treasured community places and other features of “True Urbanism”. From our historic public square and marketplaces to outdoor cafes, farmers markets, and community festivals, and from human-scale architecture and balanced transportation to pedestrian and bicycle networks, we share our values with you.

Santa Fe is also full of public art, but also an artwork itself, and is designed to be safe, creative and inspiring for young and old, families of all kinds, and everyone else who comes down the trail to see us.

We are especially honored to have International Making Cities Livable with us at this important time and wish you all the best this week in Santa Fe and in all your endeavors beyond the conference.

Javier M. Gonzales,

Mayor, City of Santa Fe

Tours will include:

Santa Fe’s historic plaza and the revived Santa Fe Railyards, by Ken Hughes; Historic Santa Fe tour by David Rasch, Historic Preservation Planner; Bike tour of Santa Fe’s primary bicycle trails by Council Member Joe Maestas, Chair of the Bicycle & Trails Advisory Committee; St. Francis Drive Underpass, by Solange Serquis, Architect; Friday afternoon tours to Taos Pueblo, and Bandelier; and more.

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