"From Sprawl to Neighborhoods: Livable Cities (and Suburbs) for ALL"
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"The best conference on cities."


- Joseph P. Riley

  Former Mayor, Charleston, SC (USA)

June 2-6, 2020

Carmel Center for the Performing Arts

1 Center Green

Carmel, Indiana 46032

Suzanne C and Henry L Lennard Institute for Livable Cities Inc.

A Public Benefit Corporation Under US 501(c)(3) Code

Please join us for a very special 57th IMCL Conference!

We’ll gather in Carmel, Indiana, an impressive and instructive USA case study of trans- formation from a sprawling bedroom suburb to a walkable, diverse, thriving and livable town. (Some of Carmel's remarkable accomplishments are shown in the background of this website, and in the photos below.) Using Carmel as one concrete example, we’ll ask, what are the effective new tools and strategies to bring positive change to suburban areas?  What are the barriers Carmel and other similar success stories faced, and how did they overcome them? Or if they didn’t, what can we learn from those lessons too?

And we’ll examine other related challenges for cities and towns today, including the crisis of affordable housing, the need for climate resilience and adaptation, promoting neighborhood health, achieving urban equity, promoting active mobility, age-friendly cities, neighborhoods for children, and much more. 

Lastly, we'll celebrate the life and legacy of our founder, Suzanne Lennard. Since its founding in 1985 by Suzanne and her late husband Henry,  the IMCL has become a premier international leadership conference on urban quality of life. These special gatherings have brought together many of the world’s most innovative and successful mayors, planners, economic development specialists, designers, developers, NGO officials, and researchers and scholars. This exceptional peer-to-peer event, limited to several hundred participants, will allow you to share the latest strategies and tools to promote health, well-being, prosperity and livability in your city or town. Please join us as we celebrate and build on Suzanne's legacy!



Join leading national and international mayors, planners, economic development experts, designers, developers, researchers, and other professionals and activists. Share lessons about what's working and not working, including the latest tools and strategies for great livable cities and towns.  These are just some of our speakers:



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