50th Presentation Topics

Presentation sessions include: (partial list)

  • Reshaping Suburbia
    Transforming malls into compact mixed-use town centers. Introducing lively multi-functional neighborhood squares. Making schools, hospitals, churches, etc. multi-functional. Creating 10-minute walkable neighborhoods. Transit-based mixed-use infill development. Streetcar suburbs & auto suburbs. Increasing residential density while maintaining human scale. Preventing further sprawl through regional growth management. Redesign of suburban district of Zen, Palermo.
  • Healthy Communities
    Suburbia & physical health. Mental health & well-being in the suburbs. Healthy visions for blighted neighborhoods. Ensuring walkability. Ensuring access to a mix of uses. Generating neighborhood social life & sociability. Planning safe bike networks. Social health benefits of human scale density. Social/psychological health benefits of beautiful places. Nature and health. Health & survival rates in underserved neighborhoods. Social problems & the built environment. How healthy is high-rise housing? Healthy food accessibility. Combating food deserts: problems & solutions. Urban agriculture. Planning for health & well-being.
  • Inclusive Neighborhoods
    Characteristics of child-friendly and elder-friendly communities. Making suburbs child-friendly and elder-friendly. Ensuring housing diversity. Complete communities. Sustainable inclusive communities. Social needs of children and elders. Universal accessibility. Bringing together diverse population groups. Hospitable public places.
  • Public Places for Social Life & Civic Engagement
    Social functions of public places. Social life, community & civic engagement. Role of the square in fostering inclusive social interaction. Designing self-programming squares for neighborhood social life. Pedestrian networks & wide sidewalks. Farmers markets. Community festivals.
  • Integrating Public Health & Planning Methods
    Framing the public debate. Public health & urban planning departments collaborate. University curricula combine health and planning. Health Impact Assessment. HIA Case studies. Tools for healthy planning.
  • Generating Community Participation in the Suburbs
    Community-led suburban revitalization. Community participation in planning/urban design issues. Healthy transportation planning with the community. Children & youth advocates for healthy communities. Civic engagement for environmental justice. The benefits of community participation.
  • Nature in Suburbia
    Accessible parks & edible playgrounds. Community gardens. Street trees & swales. Preventing run-off through pervious paving. Green walls & roofs. Green streets & planter strips. Importance of nature for children and elders (and everyone else).
  • Healthy Transportation Planning
    Transit-oriented development (TOD) and Mobility-oriented district (MOD). Complete Streets & Green Streets. Achieving walkable neighborhoods. Intercity high speed rail.
  • Tools & Methods for Reshaping Suburbia
    Public health & planning collaborate. Public health element in master plans. Health Impact Assessments. Redrawing land use plans. Rewriting zoning codes. Community participation in planning. Vision process. TODs & MODs

IMCL 50th Conference