Professional Practice

Reshaping Suburbia into Healthy Communities - 50th IMCL Conference

Date: 6/23/2013 - 6/27/2013

Type: Events

Location(s): Oregon


Registration open: an international conference for city officials, practitioners and scholars in urban design, landscape architecture, planning and public health. Sprawling and fragmented suburbs where distances are too great and streets too dangerous significantly contribute to obesity, chronic ill health, social isolation, violence and crime. We must adopt healthy, equitable planning practices for Reshaping Suburbia.

We will examine environmental causes of ill health, present multi-disciplinary insights, and discuss cutting edge tools, exemplary suburban projects, healthy planning models, and community development strategies. The City of Portland will share their experience and lead tours. Awards will be presented for inspiring examples of suburban transformations.

We invite your participation, and hope you will share your achievements, as well as learn from others. Our children and elders, those who are disabled or poor especially need our suburbs to be healed. The good news is that some of the most exciting urban design projects today - transformations of shopping malls into mixed use town centers, transit-oriented development, 10-minute neighborhoods, green streets and neighborhood plazas - are taking place in the suburbs.

Early registration before April 1 is available online at

The outstanding program of speakers includes:

  • Mayor Ralph Becker, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Mayor James Brainard, City of Carmel, Indiana
  •  Ellen Dunham-Jones, AIA, Author, Retrofitting Suburbia
  • Mayor Charlie Hales, Portland, Oregon
  • Richard J. Jackson, MD MPH, Author, Designing Healthy Communities
  • Philip B. Stafford, Ph.D., Author, Elderburbia
  • Dr. Sven von Ungern-Sternberg, Former Governor of South Baden, German
  • ...and many more. Please join us to help guide this process!


Julia Lent

Firm Finder                                                      
Maxine Artis
Linette Straus                                                                  

Professional Practice 

Library and Research Services                          
Ian Bucacink

RFQs & Opportunities                                      
Terence Poltrack

Historic Landscapes (HALS)                              
Ali Hay