"From Sprawl to Neighborhoods: Livable Cities (and Suburbs) for ALL"
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June 8-12, 2021

Carmel Center for the Performing Arts

1 Carter Green

Carmel, Indiana 46032

"The best conference on cities."


- Joseph P. Riley

  Former Mayor, Charleston, SC (USA)

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THE MISSION OF THE IMCL is to improve social and physical health, enhance well-being, strengthen community resilience, and increase equity and civic participation, by sharing effective tools and practices for reshaping the built environments of our cities, suburbs and towns. We do this by bringing together many of the world’s most innovative and successful mayors, planners, NGO officials, designers, developers, economic development specialists, and researchers and scholars, to share the latest evidence-based best practices, through conferences, publications and distance learning resources.



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

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

Join us for a very special 57th IMCL Conference this June 8-12!

We’ll gather IN PERSON in Carmel, Indiana, an impressive and instructive USA case study of transformation from a sprawling bedroom suburb to a walkable, diverse, thriving and livable town. By then, we expect that all or virtually all of our attendees will have been vaccinated against COVID-19. At the same time, we will have ample space for social distancing in our beautiful venue.  Here is a short 3-minute tour:

Full-screen version available here.)

Using Carmel as one in-depth case study, we’ll examine and exchange effective new tools and strategies to bring positive change to cities, towns and suburban areas.  With a stellar lineup of speakers (see below), we'll examine barriers that Carmel and other successful examples faced, and how they overcame them. 

We'll also assess the coronavirus crisis as a "teachable moment" allowing us to examine the many lessons of this period, including how to handle infectious diseases within the crucial public spaces of our livable cities and towns.  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 co-founder, Suzanne Lennard. Since its founding in 1985 by Suzanne and her late husband Henry, a medical sociologist, 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!

- Dr. Michael Mehaffy, Executive Director, IMCL


An outstanding national and international lineup of mayors, planners, economic development experts, designers, developers, researchers, and other professionals and activists. Twenty-four plenary talks, over fifty breakout talks, tours, receptions and more. Share lessons about what's working and not working, including the latest tools and strategies for great livable cities and towns.  Some of our featured speakers:




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Arts & Design District
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Rails to Trails

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