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Architecture and the Edges of Public Space: Tools and Strategies for a New Urban Agenda


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In partnership with the the City of Le Plessis-Robinson; the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU); the Council for European Urbanism (CEU); the International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism (INTBAU) France, Sweden and Norway Chapters; The European Placemaking Network; PlacemakingX; The Center for Conscious City Design; and other partners TBA

BACKGROUND: Following our successful 2021 conference, “From Sprawl to Neighborhoods: Livable Cities (and Suburbs) for ALL,” the IMCL and its partners are pleased to announce the next conference in the acclaimed series begun in 1985. The IMCL is a unique peer-to-peer gathering of civic leaders and scholars dedicated to transitioning to a more livable, humane and ecological generation of cities, towns and suburbs. Once again, we will focus upon successful case studies and evidence-based research, sharing effective tools and strategies to drive real change.

AT OUR NEXT CONFERENCE, we will assess the role of cities, towns and suburbs in meeting the daunting challenges ahead, and in responding to a “new urban agenda” as called for by an international agreement of all 193 member states of the United Nations. We will critically examine the current state of urban policy and practice, its theories and assumptions. We will focus in particular on the central role of public space and its edges, and the need for new insights, new tools and strategies, as a key to improving the capacity of settlements to promote human flourishing and sustainable human development.


As always, we will focus on effective, evidence-based tools and strategies, supported by research into practice, to drive positive change for cities, towns and suburbs.

CONTEXT: The conference will take place in Le Plessis-Robinson, a remarkable case study of suburban retrofit and transformation from a monocultural bedroom community to a mixed, walkable, diverse community built on universal principles of urbanism and public space. We will compare and contrast this European context with the USA context of Carmel, Indiana, our equally impressive 2021 conference venue. The conference will feature study tours and case studies of the Paris area, including new efforts toward a “15-minute City” and other local issues and developments.


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