CALL FOR PAPERS – Deadline October 31, 2017

55th International Making Cities Livable Conference on Healthy, 10-Minute Neighborhoods

May 14-18, 2018, The Shaw Center, Ottawa, Canada

Join us in Ottawa to share your achievements and learn from others how we can best promote healthy, sustainable, equitable 10-minute neighborhoods. We shall discuss the best neighborhood models for encouraging walking, biking and public transit, high-density human scale mixed use, places to foster daily social life and community, opportunities for daily contact with nature, and equitable neighborhood planning. Paper proposals are invited from elected officials, scholars and practitioners concerned with issues such as the following:

Planning 10-Minute neighborhoods
*   Land-use planning for new neighborhoods
*   Re-shaping suburbia into healthy 10-minute neighborhoods
*   Essential elements of 10-minute neighborhoods

Generating Community in 10-Minute Neighborhoods
*   Neighborhood plazas, sociable squares
*   Reclaiming streets for people
*   Child- and elder-friendly lifetime community
*   Form based coding to generate “Eyes on the Street”
*   Combatting loneliness, depression, strengthening the “Social immune system”
*   Social networks in vertical and horizontal sprawl v. human scale density

The Healthy 10-Minute Neighborhood
*   Active mobility, walkable, bikable streets, complete streets, etc
*   How the built and natural environment affects health
*   Integrating public health and planning
*   Health impact assessment
*   Health effects of nature – parks, gardens, rivers, incidental green
*   Health impact of air pollution, urban noise, lightmitigation strategies
*   Fighting crime and anti-social behavior through urban design

The Ecologically Sustainable 10-Minute Neighborhood
*   Fighting climate change by healthy urban design
*   Transit-oriented, mixed-use development
*   Restructuring suburbs: malls, multi-functional schools, mixed-use infill
*   Sustainability of high-rise and sprawl v. human scale density
*   Green architecture, green urban design
*   Combatting food deserts, urban agriculture
*   Healthy green and blue urban ecosystems

The Equitable 10-Minute Neighborhood
*   Health equity planning
*   Inclusive and equitable communities, healing social segregation
*   Mixed-income/affordable family housing
*   Stabilizing low-income home ownership, Shared equity housing, etc
*   Community participation/ Children and youth involvement
*   Prioritizing improvements in poor neighborhoods, barrios and favelas
*   Housing the homeless/preventing homelessness
*   Integrating immigrants and asylum seekers.

For more details and to submit a proposal, please see: