48th Conference in Charleston


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Co-Organizers: City of Charleston & IMCL Council

Dock Street Theater
Charleston, SC
October 17 - 21, 2010

Mayor Joseph P. RileyDear Friends:

Children are profoundly affected by the environment in which they live. The opportunity to safely walk to school, play outdoors in a park or live in a healthy environment affects their well being and future development. The physical layout of our communities can promote or restrict active living and healthy development.

I am very pleased to announce the 48th International Making Cities Livable Conference: Planning Healthy and Child-Friendly Communities will be held in Charleston, October 17- 21, 2010. The conference offers an opportunity to get involved in creating child-friendly communities. Towns and cities play a critical role as they focus on building child-friendly green spaces, community places, safe routes, and urban design. This meeting will be jointly organized by the City of Charleston and the International Making Cities Livable Council.

An impressive program of speakers has been assembled. As the Mayor of the City of Charleston, I have helped to lead the efforts of the Mayors Action Challenge for Children and Families, and I have served as a chair for the National League of Cities Council of Youth, Education, and Families. I believe that Charleston will serve as a wonderful back-drop for this conference.

The City of Charleston is beautiful in the fall. While attending the conference, you will have an opportunity to tour our historic houses and neighborhoods, gardens and plantations, walk through the Waterfront Park, and work with leading urban planners and thinkers in the United States and Europe.

We are looking forward to this conference as it allows the City of Charleston an opportunity to share ideas that have helped to make our community more healthy and child-friendly and learn from the solutions which have been proven successful in cities and towns across the world.

Joseph P. Riley, Jr.
Mayor, City of Charleston
July 30, 2009

Suzanne H. Crowhurst LennardDear Colleagues:

We can make our cities healthy for ourselves and the next generation! We must adopt healthy planning practices now!

The conference will focus on how to create healthy communities, and how to improve children's health and development by improving the built environment. We can all benefit from living in a walkable, bikable neighborhood in a city of short distances; children especially need independent mobility on safe streets, and daily access to nature and community.

Mayor Riley joins me to welcome your participation, to share your achievements, and to learn from others. Together we are organizing the most outstanding IMCL program ever, with world-renowned experts, national and international leaders dedicated to these principles. The program will present multi-disciplinary insight, inspired planning strategies, ground breaking Best Practices, and wise experience in achieving healthy, livable, and sustainable cities.

The conference will bring together 350-400 delegates - elected officials, practitioners and scholars in planning, public health, urban design, landscape architecture, transportation planning, pediatrics, child development, land use development and architecture from around the world to present principles, guidelines, and examples of cutting-edge improvements in the way developers build, and how cities reshape existing neighborhoods.

Join us to help guide this process!

Suzanne H. Crowhurst Lennard, Ph.D.(Arch.)
Director, IMCL Council