Call for Papers Form

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Paper proposals for the 57th IMCL Conference on A Livable City for ALL are invited from elected officials, scholars and practitioners.

If you wish to present a paper, please submit a 250 word abstract for consideration by January 31, 2021. Please submit online, below.

This is a highly competitive process. Proposals are peer reviewed and selected for presentation at the conference. Presenters whose papers are accepted for presentation are required to prepare a final paper. Final papers are peer reviewed and selected for publication in the conference proceedings, the eConference, and for inclusion in the IMCL eReports published on selected topics after the conference.

Please prepare proposals for blind peer review. The personal information is required but will not be circulated to reviewers. In the abstract box, please include paper title and abstract (200-250 words), but do not include any personal information.

Notification will be sent within 6 weeks ofProposals are peer reviewed and selected for presentation at the conference. Written papers are requested from all presenters (except Pecha Kucha), and must be submitted by those presenters wishing to be considered for publication by IMCL. Final papers are peer reviewed and selected for publication in the conference proceedings, the eConference.

Please be aware that the Program Committee will select presentations for one of the following categories:

  • Full presentations. Peer reviewed. 20 minute PPT presentation, plus 10 minute Q&A. Written papers are requested (see above).
  • Short presentations. Peer reviewed. 15 minute PPT presentation. General   session. Written papers are requested (see above).
  • Poster presentations. Intended for graduate students and junior presenters. Presented as a poster in a general Poster Session. Written papers are requested (see above).

The Program Committee also invites proposals for Pecha Kucha presentations – 20 slides automatically advanced every 20 seconds. This is only suitable for presenting a simple idea, challenging argument, or entertaining spoof. The topic must be relevant. If you wish to propose a PK presentation please specify this at the top, and list 20 short sentences to identify the line of your presentation. Papers are not requested.

Notification will be sent within 6 weeks of submission. Papers must be presented in person at the conference, and thus presenters must register for the conference at the special presenter's rate (or Junior presenters rate for graduate students). Deadline for paper proposals is January 31, 2020. Final accepted papers are due April 2020. They will be published in the digital conference proceedings. For questions, contact us.


Reshaping suburban sprawl

  • Retrofitting malls and strip malls
  • Schools as neighborhood centers
  • New placemaking tools and strategies
  • Climate adaptation in the suburbs
  • A ivable city (suburb) for ALL

Prioritizing planning for elders, kids, low-income & marginalized communities

  • Inclusionary planning for socio-economic neighborhood diversity
  • Intergenerational place-based and ethnic communities
  • Enhancing resilience, cooperation and social capital
  • The Healthy City

Promoting health equity throughout the city

  • Minimizing commuting: prioritizing pedestrian, bike and transit
  • Access to community social life
  • Access to nature, clean air and water, healthy food
  • Designing high density, human scale, mixed use urban fabric
  • Healthy Transportation Planning

Urban pedestrian networks, bicycle planning, buffered bikeways

  • Complete streets, green streets, greening urban arterials
  • Improving transit services for all, especially poorer neighborhoods
  • Public Health and Planning Collaboration

Integrating public health and planning in city government and education

  • How the built and/or natural environment affects health and human DNA
  • Health impact assessment, neighborhood health inventories, healthy planning guidelines
  • Access to Nature
  • Neighborhood parks and green spaces, urban agriculture

Promoting the urban forest: incidental nature: streets, walls, roofs

  • Restoring urban watercourses/streams/rivers
  • Public Places for Social Life

Hospitable streets

  • Multi-functional city and neighborhood squares
  • Healthy Urban Fabric for 10-Minute neighborhoods

Achieving fine-grained vertical mixed-use, human scale urban fabric

  • Sustainability problems of horizontal and vertical sprawl
  • Form-based codes, urban design guidelines
  • Sustainable, Equitable Housing

Inclusionary housing, shared equity, and land trusts

  • Designing affordable family housing in the city
  • Designs for mixed-income housing
  • Ending homelessness

Housing, services and jobs for homeless persons

  • Integrated strategies to combat poverty
  • Combatting the commodification of cities
  • Combatting inequitable gentrification

Regenerating poor neighborhoods and brownfields

  • Stabilizing housing and job security for existing populations
  • Healthy sustainable urban growth strategies
  • Strengthening ethnic and cultural diversity

Protecting communities of color

  • Social and physical landmarks
  • Places for traditional and new events
  • Reducing Negative Health Impacts

Fighting climate change by healthy urban design

  • Strategies to improve air and water quality
  • Reducing urban heat islands, light pollution, urban noise
  • Community Participation

Civic engagement in planning, place-making, regeneration

  • Children and youth help improve their neighborhood
  • Community-led public space improvements
  • Architecture for a Healthy City

Street facades, scale and fractals

  • Architecture and the public realm
  • Urban design to create community
  • Maintaining a city’s identity
  • Environmental psychology and biophilia

Cultural patrimony: foundation for a habitable city

  • Protecting heritage and adaptive reuse
  • Generating love for the city and neighborhood
  • Strengthening the city’s architectural DNA

International Collaboration: Implementing the "New Urban Agenda"

  • The New Urban Agenda as embodiment of IMCL goals
  • Tools and strategies to share internationally
  • New challenges with rapid urbanization, slums and informal settlements, poverty, opportunity and capacity
  • Learning from each other: the role of the USA and Europe as collaborators and (better) role models


Personal Information

For example, Mayor, CEO, Planner, Health Professional, Student, Professor, etc.

Paper Details
(200 - 250 words)