by Michael Mehaffy

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of our dear friend and collaborator Suzanne Crowhurst Lennard, at 3:15 AM on September 17, after a relatively short illness. The cause of livable and humane cities has lost a champion—but her work and legacy will go on, including the International Making Cities Livable conference series begun by her with her late husband Henry Lennard. The next conference will be held in Carmel, Indiana June 2-6, 2020.

The Final Friday Workshop reviewed participants’ priorities as to how we should best take into account the needs of children, elders, and the poor as we make decisions about the built environment. This is the summary of the Final Workshop findings:


1.  How does the local government engage with the public? – we need public creation of planning priorities, not just public buy in. “We do engage the public” needs to be more deliberate on the part of cities and this needs to be meaningful engagement.

This was a very dynamic and lively conference! From the Workshops and Welcome Reception on Monday, the stimulating main plenary sessions and concurrent sessions with so many engaged participants, the conference luncheon and Awards Ceremony, to the Final Workshop and tour, the conference was a great success. Participants seem to have enjoyed the event and found it rewarding.

Kim Richter - Councillor, Township of Langley, Langley BC CANADA

We hope you had a good time and learned from others as much as you shared your own insights and experience.

Application Deadline: October 15, 2018 

Urban designers, landscape architects, architects, planners, developers, cities and others are invited to enter one or more projects. Projects that emphasize Health, Equity, Community, and Sustainability are actively sought, and will be given particular consideration.

The jury is particularly interested in designs for:

  • Regenerating poor neighborhoods and preventing displacement
  • Housing the homeless
  • Protecting neighborhood ethnic identity
  • Mixed use, human scale, urban fabric
  • Public transit, bike and pedestrian networks in poor neighborhoods
  • Mixed-income affordable housing
  • City squares, neighborhood squares for social life and community 
  • Neighborhood parks and green spaces
  • Reshaping a mall into a town center
  • Transforming a strip mall into urban fabric
  • Strengthening a city’s architectural DNA

In all projects, the jury will be looking for evidence that the project fits well within its context, and contributes to Creating a Healthy City for All. To read more click here.

The Award Ceremony will take place at the 56thIMCL Conference, at the Sentinel Hotel, Portland, OR, June 17-21, 2019.

The 56thIMCL Conference on “A Healthy City for ALL” will take place at the Sentinel Hotel, Portland, OR, June 17-21, 2019.

If you wish to give a presentation, please submit a 250 word abstract for consideration before October 15, 2018.  Please submit online here

Topics include:

The Healthy City **  The City for ALL  ** Healthy Transportation Planning **  Public Health and Planning Collaborate  **  Access to Nature  ** Public Places for Social Life **  Healthy Urban Fabric for 10-Minute Neighborhoods  **  Sustainable, Equitable Housing  ** Ending Homelessness  **  Combatting Inequitable Gentrification  ** Strengthening Ethnic and Cultural Diversity  ** Reducing Negative Health Impacts **  Community Participation  ** Transforming Suburbs into Walkable Neighborhoods  ** Architecture for a Healthy City **  Maintaining a City’s Identity ** and more...

A Healthy City for ALL

That’s what the 56thIMCL Conference in Portland, Oregon, June 17-21, 2019 is calling for! 

We rejoice that many cities now are becoming more healthy, by making great improvements in walkability, bikeability, public transit, and access to community, nature and healthy food. We will hear from some of the best models around the world. 

The BIG challenge is that these goals are not reaching those most in need. The poorest neighborhoods suffer the greatest health problems. We will hear from cities that are tackling these problems head on with outstanding programs for equitable, healthy neighborhoods.

Did you miss the conference in Ottawa but wish you could still read the papers and view the slideshows? Perhaps you attended the conference but didn't get a chance to see all the presentations and wish you could fill in the gaps. In either case, the eConference is your ticket!

“I cannot conceive of managing a city that is prosperous, but only for some. I pledged that I would govern in an inclusive manner, using the attraction of investment and access to culture as instruments of social cohesion and true democracy, empowering and networking with local stakeholders for maximum impact.”
– Mayor Rui Moreira [1]

Mayor Moreira of Porto has provided an exemplary model in his first term for how to make our cities more healthy and livable for all. As his uniquely beautiful city becomes better known, he has fought hard to protect all his citizens, especially the poor, from displacement by gentrification and “touristification”.

This past conference was the best one I have attended in nearly 30 years.

Ken Mech, MCIP, RPP
Manager of Current Planning, City of Niagara Falls, Ontario

Fabulous conference. I was so delighted to be part of it and to have the participation of my company Stantec. We all thoroughly enjoyed the week and the sessions were superb.

Nancy Meloshe
Principal, Community Development, Stantec, Ottawa

Many thanks to everyone who helped make the 55thIMCL Conference on Healthy, 10-Minute Neighborhoods such a resounding success! To the city of Ottawa, speakers, panelists, sponsors, competitors, tour leaders, volunteers, and participants  - you all contributed magnificently! 

The Ottawa Conference is over, but if you would still like to access the conference web pages (speakers, program, sponsors, etc.) please click here. These pages will still be available for a while.

The electronic version of the Conference will be available online for six months. If you were registered you will have received a coupon code to access it for free. If you missed the conference you can now purchase it to see the presentations and read the papers. 

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