35th Conference in Carmel

35th International
Making Cities Livable Conference on


La Playa Hotel
Carmel, CA
December 8-12, 2002

Cities are increasingly threatened by social and physical fragmentation, and loss of civic engagement. An important mission for cities is to enable their inhabitants to regain a sense of community, and to provide places for meeting, dialogue, and mutual understanding.

Plenary & Panel Sessions

  • Designing Places for Community Life
  • How Can Urban Design Help Build Community
  • Cities & Democracy: International Perspectives
  • Planning for New Towns
  • Designing Housing to Strengthen Community
  • Counteracting Terrorism by Strengthening Community
  • Regional Planning to Ensure the Vitality of Cities
  • Teaching Models for the Livable City
  • Strategies for Combatting Social Fragmentation
  • Designing Cities Hospitable to Children & the Elderly
  • Controlling Urban Sprawl & Reshaping Suburbia
  • Community Participation in Urban Design
  • Revitalizing the City
  • Creating Communities on Former Military & Industrial Sites
  • The City of Short Distances
  • The Square: an Essential Component for Building Community in New Neighborhoods
  • and related issues


December 8, 2002

  • Welcome Reception
  • Opening Session

December 9, 2002

  • Plenary & Panel Sessions
  • Conference Luncheon
  • Panel Sessions
  • Reception
  • Workshop with MC Cultural Council

December 10, 2002

  • Plenary Sessions
  • Workshops & Discussion Sessions
  • Discussion Dinner

December 11, 2002

  • Plenary Sessions
  • Lunch & Walking Tours
  • Workshops & Discussion sessions

December 12, 2002

  • Papers & Workshops


  • Prof. Krzysztof Bieda, Krakow Univ. Dept. of Architecture, Former Chief Architect, City of Krakow, POLAND.
  • Richard P. Browne, Research Professor,University of Houston, Developer, The Woodlands, TX, USA
  • John Burrell, RIBA, Burrell Foley Fisher Architects, London, UK
  • David Cloutier, Director, Cultural COuncil of Monterey County, Carmel, CA, USA
  • Prof. Tom Martineau, School of Architecture, Florida A & M University, Tallahassee, FL, USA
  • Mayor Robert Morrow, Hamilton, ON, CANADA
  • Prof. Michael O'Neal, Sociology & Urban Studies, Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN, USA
  • Prof. Thomas Sammons, Director, Community Design Workshop, University of Louisiana, Lafayette, LA, USA
  • Prof. Ted Sarbin, Author, Narrative Psychology, U.C. Berkeley & U.C. Santa Cruz, CA, USA
  • Prof. Ted Sawruck, Department of Architecture, Hampton University, Hampton, VA, USA
  • Regierungspraesident Dr. Sven von Ungern-Sternberg, Freiburg, GERMANY
  • Sandra Vitzthum, Department of Architecture, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, USA
  • George G. Wynne, Director, International Programs, APTA, Washington DC, USA
  • Bill Wojtkowski, Director, Community Development, City of Monterey, Monterey, CA, USA.

Carmel / Monterey

Both Carmel and adjoining Monterey offer some good models for livable cities and towns. Thanks to an active citizenry Carmel has maintained its identity and human scale in harmony with nature by protecting its pine forest canopy, naturally traffic calmed streets and emphasis on natural building materials. Its policy of limiting size of new development, including new hotels, has persisted through successive city administrations. Carmel is close to the Big Sur Coast and Point Lobos, the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island.

Monterey has preserved its historic adobes, created attractive new mixed use infill buildings downtown, developed a thriving farmers' market on its main street, and hosts many festivals including a World Music Festival. Monterey also offers well known attractions such as Cannery Row, Fisherman's Wharf and a nationally renowned aquarium. The weather in early December in the Monterey Bay area is usually very pleasant, sunny and mild.

Monterey is easily reached by air via San Francisco or Los Angeles, or by car from San Francisco (2 hours) or San Jose (1½ hours).


A block of rooms has been reserved at the historic La Playa Hotel, with its beautifully landscaped gardens and good conference facilities close to Carmel Beach.