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.”

New research conducted by the National Trust for Historic Preservation on the built environments in Seattle, San Francisco, and Washington, DC shows that “established neighborhoods with a mix of older, smaller buildings perform better than districts with larger, newer structures when tested against a range of economic, social, and environmental outcome measures.”

Charles Montgomery, author of Happy City and Keynote Speaker at this year's 51st IMCL Conference, recently posted this excellent interview with livable streets advocate Mark Gorton of Streetfilms.

Congratulations again to the City of Bristol, UK, for demonstrating to the world that a city can be a fun place to live, and a street can become a place for people, not only a channel for cars and buses! This unique event, together with other public events Bristol has organized, will increase Bristolians’ pride and love for their city.

We’re excited to hear John present ideas and designs from the fantastic, recently released book, Street Design, which he co-authored with Victor Dover. John, an architect and board member of the Congress for the New Urbanism, says that he designs buildings with a human scale that look like they were made by human hands.

We’re thrilled to have George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol, England, as one of our Keynote Speakers at this year’s conference! George is a very interesting guy. Not only is he the first elected Mayor of Bristol (elected in 2012), but he is also an international champion of placemaking, sustainability, and cities for people. Oh, and, ever since he was an architecture student, he’s been pretty easy to recognize since he always wears red trousers!  

By Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman

One day not long ago (by history’s standards), streets were populated by a friendlier form of transportation: the bicycle. Accompanied by horses, trolleys, and masses of pedestrians as well, the bicycle was the first form of personal transportation before automobiles were even prototypes. Bicycles helped women to become emancipated by providing them with independent mobility. Many don’t realize that in fact it was bicyclists who first demanded that roads should be smoothly asphalted in order to ease transportation as early as the late 1800’s. A few decades later, however, streets quickly became the realm of the car.

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