Join our 2021 conference in the beautiful Palladium Center for the Performing Arts, in Carmel, Indiana, USA (pictured in the photo above). This city, 180 miles southeast of Chicago and easily accessible by air, is an extraordinary showcase of transformation from a former sprawling suburb of Indianapolis to an increasingly diverse, walkable town of livable neighborhoods. We'll share effective tools and lessons from this and other successful transformations around the USA and internationally, with leading mayors, planners, designers, economic development experts, developers, researchers, NGO heads, and many others.  And we'll study Carmel's lessons, with in-depth sessions, tours, and enjoyable evenings out to mix with other conference-goers! 
A special invitation from Carmel mayor (and IMCL advisory board member)  Jim Brainard

                               Dear conference attendees:

                               I'm  excited  to  invite  you  to  the  City of Carmel this year for the 57th                                 Annual  International  Making  Cities Livable conference to see how we                                  have  created  a  vibrant city  by  transforming a car suburb into a more                                  walkable community. At past Livable Cities conferences, I have learned                                  from  the  best  in  the  world about creating distinct mixed use, human

scale areas to which people are drawn and in which they can thrive. As you walk or bike through our central core, you will see many of the principles in action at our new downtown City Center, the thriving Arts & Design District and Midtown.

At the Livable Cities conference in Carmel, you will have the opportunity to discuss a wide variety of strategies for cities whether large or small, whether urban or rural, designed to improve how your residents, businesses and visitors interact. Thought provoking discussions and great visuals help convey how to better plan public spaces, transportation patterns and other city design tools to help your city compete among the best.

This conference brings together a blend of academic leaders, elected officials, city planners and engineers from the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Egypt, Canada and across the United States. Attendees will have the unparalleled opportunity to hear from all corners of the globe and have projects critiqued during the competition segment of the conference.

The Livable Cities conference also allows plenty of time for attendees to discuss their ideas and current projects or issues with others and get helpful feedback. In addition, we'll make sure you get out and about to explore all that Central Indiana has to offer. We know that you will find the blend of our hospitality and culture a welcome surprise. I look forward to seeing you in June of 2020 in Carmel, Indiana.

Very truly yours,

Jim Brainard
City of Carmel, IN

Carmel Center for the Performing Arts

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Carmel, Indiana 46032


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Hotels in Carmel

Our main accommodation is the beautiful new Hotel Carmichael, located right next to our venue, the spectacular Palladium Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel's new civic district.  Special rates will be available to IMCL participants (limited supply).  You can learn more about Hotel Carmichael here. Or feel free to email us for information at  

Alternatively, IMCL also has rooms available at a discount at three other nearby Marriott hotels, the Fairfield Inn & Suites Carmel, the Residence Inn by Marriott, and the Springhill Suites by Marriott. These three hotels are located a short distance away from the Palladium (1.8 mi) and will be served by a daily shuttle bus to and from the venue. Special rates are available to conference participants; more information will be provided on registration, or by emailing 

Arriving in Carmel by Air:

The Indianapolis International Airport, a major midwest hub (IND), is served by regular direct flights from all over the US as well as Canada, Mexico and Europe.  The airport is located off I-70 just five minutes west of the I-465 loop and approximately 35 minutes from downtown Carmel. To reach Guest Services at IND call 317-487-7243 or stop by the Guest Services desk which is located in the main area of the airport (Civic Plaza), just beyond the Ticketing Hall.

Indianapolis International Airport
7800 Col. H. Weir Cook Memorial Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46241

Arriving in Carmel by Train:

Indianapolis is located on the Amtrak Cardinal line from Chicago to New York.  Additional stops include Washington D.C., Cincinnati, Milwaukee and Minneapolis-St. Paul, offering scenic side trips before or after the IMCL conference. Enjoy the splendor of Union Station, a fine Richardsonian Romanesque structure built in 1888. Carmel is 30 minutes by car from the station. 

Amtrak Union Station
350 South Illinois Street
Indianapolis, IN 46225

Ground Transportation - Airport:

Car Rental

IND offers eight car rental options at the Ground Transportation Center, located on the first floor of the Terminal Garage. Off-airport car rental companies are also available. 

Taxi Service

Taxi service is available at the curb on the lower level of the terminal just outside of Baggage Claim. There is a $15 minimum charge for all fares from the airport, regardless of distance.

Uber & Lyft

Uber and Lyft services are available from the airport to your selected destination. When using these services for pick-up, exit the terminal to the Ground Transportation Center on the first floor of the Terminal Garage.


Black Car Service

Shared ride and personal luxury limousine services are available in the Ground Transportation Center, located on the first floor of the garage as you exit the terminal. 

Private Car Service

Luxury Worldwide Transportation services provide turnkey transportation services including airport transfers.

Ground Transportation - Train Station

Union Station Indianapolis has a similar offering of taxi, Uber, Lyft, and bus options.  There are car rental agencies in nearby downtown locations.  For more information see the website. 

Visitor Information

There are many additional activities in the immediate vicinity of Carmel, and in the central Indiana region. For example, downtown Indianapolis offers a wealth of sites, and just an hour south is the remarkable town of Columbus, Indiana, site of an impressive collection of 20th Century art and architecture. The spectacular historic towns of French Lick and West Baden are also just over two hours to the south.  South Bend and Notre Dame University are also two hours to the north. For travel and tourism information in the Carmel area, check out the Visit Hamilton County website, or the page dedicated for information about the City of Carmel, especially for local visitor information.