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



From 18 May 2022 to 20 May 2022


Le Plessis-Robinson, France

International Making Cities Livable (IMCL) conference 2022

The IMCL is a unique peer-to-peer gathering of civic leaders, professionals and scholars dedicated to transitioning to a more livable, humane and ecological generation of cities, towns and suburbs. Once again, it will focus upon successful case studies and evidence-based research, sharing effective tools and strategies to drive real change. The focus this year will be on the tools and strategies to build, protect and enhance thriving public spaces, and the adjacent private spaces and uses that afford well-being, social interaction, quality of life, exercise, health, and economic opportunity, for ALL the residents of cities, towns and suburbs. 

This year, the main venue is Le Plessis-Robinson, in the Paris region – a remarkable exemplar of suburban retrofit and transformation from a monocultural bedroom suburb to a mixed, walkable community built on universal principles of urbanism and public space. Other examples from Europe, the USA and other parts of the world will be shared. The conference will feature in-depth case studies of the Paris area, including new efforts toward a “15-minute City,” challenges of affordability and displacement, post-COVID urban interventions, and many other emerging topics.