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51st IMCL Conference
Making Cities Livable Conference on
MAKING CITIES HEALTHY FOR ALL
& Exhibit on
SUCCESSFUL DESIGNS for
MAKING CITIES HEALTHY FOR ALL
June 8-12, 2014
On behalf of the residents of the City of Portland, welcome!
The Rose City is honored and delighted to welcome participants to the 51st IMCL Conference—Making Cities Healthy for All, June 8-12, 2014.
At this conference, you will have the opportunity to work with some of the leading urban designers, planners and public officials from North America and Europe, who will share their vision and experience on how to make cities healthier for everyone, including children and elders, the homeless, the poor and those in underserved neighborhoods. Additionally, we in Portland are excited about this opportunity to share ideas that have proved successful in this city, and to learn from you about how we can improve the beauty, health and livability of our own city.
In Portland, we have paid great attention to creating a hospitable public realm – parks, squares and wide sidewalks – because these places generate sociability and health for all. We have created a network of streetcars, buses and light rail, so that everyone – not only those with cars - can get around the city in a sociable manner. With the help of the growth boundary, we have focused development in all our neighborhoods instead of at the outer periphery, enabling us to create dense, human scale, walkable 10-minute communities.
For those of you visiting from out of town, we hope you enjoy the Rose City’s numerous attractions. Whether you visit our Waterfront Park or enjoy shopping downtown, dine at one of hundreds of restaurants in our Pearl District or just take in the views of Mt. Hood from Portland’s Rose Garden, we are sure you will find your visit an unforgettable and enjoyable experience.
Again, on behalf of the beautiful City of Portland, Oregon – welcome and best wishes for a successful conference.
On behalf of the people of the Portland metropolitan region, I am pleased to welcome you to the 51st International Making Cities Livable Conference on Making Cities Healthy for All. As the agency responsible for planning in an area encompassing 25 cities and three counties, Metro has long been involved with this issue.
We are proud of our region’s history, natural environment and the deliberate choices we have made to keep our region one of the most healthy and livable in the country. By focusing development within an urban boundary, investing in public transit, bike routes and trails, transit-oriented mixed-use development and nature in communities, Metro has achieved some success in strengthening our town centers and preventing sprawl. We will be pleased to share what we have learned in this deliberative process.
We still have problems to solve, and we look forward to the conference dialogue and to learning from other cities and regions around the world that have also developed techniques and strategies for more equitable and healthy communities.
While you’re here, I hope you will take the opportunity to enjoy the magnificent natural attractions and rich cultural and culinary opportunities across the Portland region.
Thanks again for visiting – have a great conference!
Metro Council President
Join us in Portland to share your knowledge, tools and strategies for creating healthy environments for ALL.
All too frequently, improvements to a city’s built environment benefit the health and well-being of some, while the more vulnerable (children, elders, and the poor) get left behind. At this conference, we shall focus on effective strategies and visionary design solutions that make our cities healthier for ALL.
20th century planning created unhealthy, auto-dominated streets. When we create streets and squares hospitable for the pedestrian, we encourage healthy, independent mobility by walking, biking and public transit, and facilitate sociability and social networks. This improves mental health and well-being for ALL.
Housing designs have emphasized privacy at the expense of connectedness, but too much privacy (social isolation) is detrimental to mental and physical health. Easy access to shops, services, jobs, school and friends is equally important.
We will examine ways to create “Complete communities” where children play on the street and know their neighbors, where adults walk or take transit to work, and bike to visit friends, and where elders continue to live in their homes because they can safely access stores, services and friends by wheelchair.
Where we live defines how healthy we are. Poor neighborhoods are underserved – often lacking sidewalks, public transit and access to healthy food; streets are dangerous; buildings are poorly maintained or abandoned. Consequently, the community disintegrates, social networks deteriorate, physical health breaks down, children suffer malnutrition, stress and loss of IQ functions, and crime thrives. We will examine powerful community advocacy models and the most effective interventions to improve health in poor neighborhoods.
The economic collapse continues to take a terrible toll. A catastrophic illness, loss of job, and loss of mortgage forced thousands of families and individuals onto the streets. This unprecedented challenge requires innovative design and program solutions to prevent further homelessness and help homeless persons regain a productive place in society.
Nature plays an important role in our health; the health of natural systems in the city also needs protection. We will review inspiring examples of nature in the city.
By bringing together world renowned experts, elected officials, practitioners and scholars in public health, planning, urban design, transportation planning, landscape architecture and social sciences, this conference will allow us all to better understand how the built environment affects health and well-being, and learn from the most successful solutions around the world.
I look forward to seeing you in Portland in June!
Suzanne H. Crowhurst Lennard, Ph.D.(Arch.)
Director, IMCL Council
You will want to plan a few days before or after the conference to visit Portland, the American city we feel most exemplifies IMCL principles.
The Governor Hotel
The Conference will take place at the Governor Hotel, at 614 SW 11th Avenue. The hotel consists of two fine historic buildings, one of which, with its magnificent renaissance style ballrooms and meeting rooms, was originally built for the Elks Club. The hotel is downtown, at the crossing point of the MAX light rail line from the airport and the streetcar lines.
Please email reservations or call 503-224-3400 and ask for “group reservations”. Please mention that you are with the “51st International Making Cities Livable Conference” to receive the conference rates. Reservations should be made before May 9 to receive the group rate. Reservations must be made through the hotel directly if you wish to extend your stay before or after the conference. For special assistance, call 503-419-1620 to speak to Sales Coordinator, Kate Rose, or email Kate.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that online reservations through a unique URL link can only be made for June 8-12, 2014. Anyone who wishes to stay outside of those dates will need to call the reservations department directly to extend their stay. Since the hotel is not holding rooms on the shoulder nights, the system will not allow for any reservations to be booked online over any additional nights.
Arriving in Portland
If you fly to Portland International Airport (PDX) you can catch the MAX light rail, which runs every 15-20 minutes. The MAX station and ticket machines (fare $2.50) are located near baggage claim on the lower level. In 40 minutes, MAX will take you to within one block of the Governor Hotel (Galleria/SW 10th). The last train departs PDX at 11:49 p.m., daily. A taxi will take about 25 minutes (fare approx.. $38).