Thursday, August 6, 2009

48th International Making Cities Livable Conference on True Urbanism:

48th International Making Cities Livable Conference onTrue Urbanism:
Planning Healthy, and Child-Friendly Communities
Charleston, SC, October 17-21, 2010
Co-Sponsors: City of Charleston & IMCL Council

This conference focuses on ways to improve children’s health and development by improving the built environment. The conference will bring together 350-400 delegates - elected officials, practitioners and scholars in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, planning, land use development, public health, pediatrics and child development from around the world to begin to develop tools for changing the way developers build, and how cities reshape existing neighborhoods.

Those wishing to present papers on topics listed below should submit a 250 word abstract for consideration before November 15, 2009. Please submit online, following the Call for Papers Guidelines on the web at

Your application form should state title of paper, name of author, affiliation and full contact information. Paper abstracts must be prepared for blind peer review: they should include title of paper, and omit identifying information. Notification will be sent within 4 weeks of submission. Final papers will be due June 15, 2010. Accepted papers must be presented in person at the conference and will be published in the digital conference proceedings. Selected papers will also be published in Documentation Sets on focused topics.

Paper topics include:

Healthy cities
Health and the built environment. Urban planning for physical and social health. Place-based strategies for healthy living.

Child-friendly communities
Walkable, bikable streets. Making nature and community accessible for children. Neighborhood design for children’s independent mobility.

Nature in the urban environment
Designing and restoring nature classrooms, natural playgrounds, gardens, parks, wild and incidental nature. Restoring biodiversity.

Rebuilding place-based community
Facilitating community through land use and urban design.

Public places for social life and civic engagement
Designing and reviving town squares for community social life. Civic plazas to support civic engagement. Beauty and amenity to generate well-being.

Mixed-use urban fabric
New neighborhoods with mixed-use fabric. Urban regeneration through mixed-use infill and restoration. New designs for human scale multifamily mixed-use.

Community participation
Children and youth participate in public art, neighborhood improvement, restoring nature. Social consequences: building skills and self confidence, cross-generational networks, etc.

Urban villages and towns
Designing complete towns. Transforming suburban malls into mixed-use town centers. Creating transit oriented urban villages.

Traditional architecture and town planning
New traditional urban fabric. Historical models. Regional architecture and identity. Can we learn from Europe?

Green buildings, green neighborhoods
Sustainable land-use planning and urban design. Sustainable community development. Green buildings and health.

Innovative teaching models
Teaching public health and planning. Human aspects of architecture & urban design.

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Architecture-Urbanism is dedicated to a) those who are interested in creating livable and sustainable environments and buildings that meet socio-cultural and socio-behavioral needs of people, environments that are responsive to historical, traditional and physical constraints, b) to those who are interested in finding panacea for the ills of our globalized world, and c) to those who are interested in regaining what cultures and societies have lost by the acts of architects. ____________________________________________________________________________