By Suzanne H. Crowhurst Lennard

To be in the presence of others is reassuring. Perceiving their presence by looking, hearing and touching enables each of us to feel more human, more alive. Being acknowledged with a glance, a smile, even from a stranger, is heartwarming. A neighborhood square is an invitation to all to enjoy the feeling of being part of the extended family, the community.

By Suzanne H. Crowhurst Lennard

Every urban neighborhood of 7 – 10,000 souls needs a place that functions as the “heart” of the neighborhood -- a neighborhood square. IMCL believes that now, more than ever, our society needs to strengthen the social networks that a square, more than any other urban form or social organization, has the ability to generate. A well designed neighborhood square generates community, counteracts loneliness, fosters inclusion, socializes children, catalyzes democratic engagement and sparks joy.

Designing for Green, Healthy Cities

Deadline: January 20, 2014.

The 2015 IMCL Design Competition jury will consider all submissions that speak to creating a more livable city, but projects related to the topic Designing for Green, Healthy Cities are actively sought, and will be given particular consideration.

52nd IMCL Conference



Bristol, United Kingdom

June 29 - July 3, 2015


Bristol City Council, The Academy of Urbanism,
University of the West of England, Bristol University

For more information about the Conference, please click here

Paper proposals for the 52nd IMCL Conference on Achieving Green, Healthy Cities are invited from elected officials, scholars and practitioners.

The deadline for submitting an abstract has expired. For more information about the Conference, please click here.

In this video, Bristol Mayor George Ferguson talks about the reasons why his city is the European Green Capital for 2015: creativity, resiliency, and a high quality of life. He also discusses some of the economic challenges the city is facing and how he hopes to confront them.  He says “. . . I recognize the importance of creating a healthy, caring city for every citizen.

Dick Jackson launched the 51st IMCL Conference in June, in his terrific talk on Advancing Neighborhood Health Equity. “We have to remember that the built environment is social policy”, Jackson emphasized. “All too often in the past, we have increased inequity of health between the wealthy and the poor neighborhoods through our planning, and transportation policies. We must change our approach to planning and designing the built environment if we want to improve the health of all.”

The latest issue of Landscape, the journal of the Landscape Institute, features an excellent article entitled “Promoting the Liveable City” which discusses our favorite topic: livable cities! They look at definitions of livability, including IMCL’s definition, and various livable cities initiatives around the world.

A new cartoon from the brilliant Ian Lockwood!

About the artist: Ian Lockwood PE is a Livable Transportation Engineer with Toole Design Group, a WBE firm that does planning, landscape architecture, engineering, and training to evolve cities to be increasingly walkable, bikable, and economically and socially successful.

Friday, July 18th, 2014:

Friday, July 11th, 2014:

The 2014 International Making Cities Livable Lewis Mumford Award will be awarded to Mayor George Ferguson and Bristol City Council for their leadership in creating a Healthy Bristol for All.

The award recognizes Bristol’s outstanding leadership in:

“Working to enhance streets for social life and celebration, for pedestrians, bicyclists and public transit, and reducing the negative impacts of the car - these measures will improve the health of all residents, especially children.”

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