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Accepted abstracts and design awards submissions from 2020 are still good for 2021!

Those who submitted in 2020 do not need to re-submit for 2021, and we look forward to seeing them in Carmel!

Our beautiful and spacious plenary hall, the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel. With over 1,600 seats for just 350 attendees, there will be ample room for social distancing in comfort.

As we wrote previously, we temporarily re-opened the Call for Abstracts and Design Awards Competition Entries. That's because we have a wonderful large venue space, and also we know there will be a few people who can't come in 2021 for a variety of reasons. But if you have an abstract or entry that was already accepted in 2020, there is no need to re-submit! (Unless you have another proposal you'd like us to consider.)

If you want to submit an abstract, you can submit online at Unfortunately, the deadline is midnight on Monday, February 15th!

Design competition entry information and submission instructions can be found here: The deadline is also midnight on Monday, February 15th.

If you have a previously accepted abstract or design awards entry, we would be grateful if you could let us know if you do plan to attend, or alternatively, if you cannot attend. This will help us to plan the sessions more accurately. (If you do not know yet, that's OK, we would be grateful to know that too!)

In any case, we do hope you can join us for an outstanding in-person gathering. Since 1985, the IMCL has been a premier international conference venue for mayors, planners, architects, NGOs, and academics. The IMCL was founded by Henry Lennard, Ph.D., a medical sociologist, and Suzanne Lennard, Ph.D., a distinguished architectural scholar and author. The conferences alternate between US and European venues, and attract a diverse group of accomplished leaders from around the world, ready to exchange effective tools, strategies, and lessons learned for livable cities.

We will discuss the best 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. We will also focus upon effective solutions to frontier challenges, like affordability, equity, and rapid growth. Of course, we will have an important emphasis on assessing the lessons of the COVID-19 pandemic for cities, and for public spaces in particular.

We hop to see you there!

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