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Every city has its share of megaprojects, tall buildings, major redevelopments, sports complexes, arts centres, flashy condo towers and starchitect-designed office buildings. But does every city have the sensitivity of the human scale, the feel for the fine-grained detail of its public realm, the attention to small things that add up to pleasant, livable urban environments?

This is the sixth blog on issues to be addressed at the 55th International Making Cities Livable Conference, May 14-18, 2018, in Ottawa. To improve neighborhood health we need to use the most effective tools for the task. Here are some of the tools that have been succcessfully used, that will be discussed at the conference.

This is the fifth blog on issues to be addressed at the 55th International Making Cities Livable Conference, May 14-18, 2018, in Ottawa. Significant improvements to neighborhood health require strategies to muster public will and mobilize resources. Here are a few of the effective strategies that will be shared at the Conference.

This is the fourth blog on issues to be addressed at the 55th International Making Cities Livable Conference, May 14-18, 2018, in Ottawa. As our cities grow, we face many challenges in how to roll with the punch - to transform what seems like a negative challenge into a positive gain. At this conference we will hear many stories about how cities are determined to create a humane and livable urban environment while handling rapid growth and economic and ecological threats.

This is the third blog on issues to be addressed at the 55th International Making Cities Livable Conference, May 14-18, 2018, in Ottawa.

Barcelona's density of 16,000 inhabitants per square kilometer is one of the highest in Europe. In many neighborhoods around La Sagrada Familia the density is higher than 50,000 per square kilometer. This density is achieved thanks to the six-story mixed-use grid plan urban fabric laid out by Cerda in the 19th century. 

This is the second blog on issues to be addressed at the 55th International Making Cities Livable Conference, May 14-18, 2018, in Ottawa.

Many of the world’s cities are growing rapidly. But HOW should we grow? Should we grow vertically? Should we grow horizontally? Or should we search for the missing sweet spot in the middle? How are cities around the world accommodating growth? And which approach offers the best solutions?

Part One - Defining Principles

Around the world cities are growing rapidly. Some are spreading horizontally, some are reaching for the sky, and others are searching for the sweet spot in the middle. Which approach offers the best solutions?

For all of you who were at the Santa Fe Conference you will be glad to know that the photos are now up online. Please click here to access them.

In addition to photos of the Awards Ceremony, Sessions, and Workshop, there are also many photos of the social events – Welcome Reception, Mobile Workshops, Events on the Plaza, Santa Fe, and more. Enjoy!

Jury’s comment:

This project to save the historic fabric and vibrant quality of life of a section of London has enormous international significance, especially now, when large scale demolition of swathes of historic cities around the world is accelerating.

It is of great significance that a major Texan city wedded to the automobile has created a main square free of traffic. Sundance Square, framed by fine early 20th century buildings, transforms two parking lots into the pedestrian heart of Fort Worth. The IMCL Awards Competition Jury selected Sundance Square to receive the IMCL Honor Award for “Excellence in creating Public Places for Community, Democratic Dialogue, Health & Equity” at the recent 54th IMCL Conference in Santa Fe, October 2-6.

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