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Ottawa - International Making Cities Livable Conference

Ottawa Welcomes Global Urban Innovators at the International Making Cities Livable Conference

Ottawa is the first Canadian city to host the 55th International Making Cities Livable Conference. Some 300 - 500 participants from across North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia will discuss urban innovation, and how today’s cities grow during the event underway at the Shaw Centre May 14 – 18, 2018.

The four-day event brings together planners, urban designers, developers, architects, scholars, public health experts and social scientists from around the globe to talk about what it takes to create a more livable city.

In a recent article in the Ottawa Citizen, conference co-founder Suzanne Lennard, professor of social aspects of architecture and design at the University of California, Berkley was quoted as saying, “The purpose of the Making Cities Livable movement is to enhance the physical and social health and well-being of all inhabitants, strengthen community, and increase civic engagement by sustainably reshaping built environment of our cities, suburbs, towns and villages.”

Conferences often provide the host city with long-term legacy impacts well beyond conference dates. Ottawa Mayor, Jim Watson, in the same Ottawa Citizen article, acknowledged that Ottawa can benefit long-term from the Making Cities Livable Conference, “We look forward to this opportunity to learn from the experiences of the world-renowned professionals who will be speaking at the conference, and share with you our own journey toward our goal of being the most livable city in North America.”

Ottawa’s continued focus on transit oriented development, its upcoming launch of a major LRT transit line, and ongoing efforts to make the city more walkable and cycle-friendly, made it an ideal choice for this conference.