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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.

By Suzanne H. Crowhurst Lennard

The building façade is the “face” of the building. Like the face of a person, it may be friendly or hostile, open or closed, facilitating contact through windows that open, balconies and doors, or preventing interaction with sealed windows and blank walls. Facades around a neighborhood square should create a welcoming atmosphere in the public domain, emphasizing human scale, enhancing the experience of the space, and facilitating communication.

By Suzanne H. Crowhurst Lennard

“In ancient times… public squares, or plazas, were… of prime necessity, for they were theaters for the principal scenes of public life.”  Camillo Sitte[1].

“… there must be open spaces that provide a fitting stage for the drama of daily life.” August Heckscher[2].

Did you miss the conference in Santa Fe but wish you could still read the papers and view the slideshows? Perhaps you attended the conference but didn't get a chance to see all the presentations and wish you could fill in the gaps. In either case, the eConference is your ticket!

By Suzanne H. Crowhurst Lennard

The entrance into a neighborhood square is designed to create the experience that you have arrived at the heart of the community, and that you need go no further. A vista into the square from an adjacent street should reveal the life on the square, the sunlight, bright umbrellas, children playing, a couple enjoying a glass of wine, etc. It should not reveal that there is any destination beyond the square.

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