“Healthy, 10-Minute Neighborhoods” awards & conference call

Suzanne H. Crowhurst Lennard
01 Aug 2017

 “Healthy, 10-Minute Neighborhoods”





  • 55th International Making Cities Livable Conference
  • May 14-18, 2018, The Shaw Center, Ottawa, Canada
  • Deadline for papers 31st Oct 2017

Join us in Ottawa to share your achievements and learn from others how we can best promote healthy, sustainable, equitable 10-minute neighborhoods. We shall discuss the best neighborhood models for encouraging walking, biking and public transit, high-density human scale mixed use, places to foster daily social life and community, opportunities for daily contact with nature, and equitable neighborhood planning.


Paper proposals are invited from elected officials, scholars and practitioners concerned with issues such as the following:

Planning 10-Minute neighborhoods

  • Land-use planning for new neighborhoods
  • Re-shaping suburbia into healthy 10-minute neighborhoods
  • Essential elements of 10-minute neighborhoods

Generating Community in 10-Minute Neighborhoods

  • Neighborhood plazas, sociable squares, Reclaiming streets for people    
  • Child- and elder-friendly lifetime community  
  • Form based coding to generate “Eyes on the Street”   
  • Combatting loneliness, depression, strengthening the "Social immune system"  
  • Social networks in vertical and horizontal sprawl v. human scale density

 The Healthy 10-Minute Neighborhood

  • Active mobility, walkable, bikable streets, complete streets, etc
  • How the built and natural environment affects health    
  • Integrating public health and planning, Health impact assessment    
  • Health impact of air pollution, urban noise, light pollution; and mitigation strategies

The Ecologically Sustainable 10-Minute Neighborhood

  • Fighting climate change by healthy urban design    
  • Transit-oriented, mixed-use development    
  • Restructuring suburbs, high-rise and sprawl
  • Green architecture, green urban design
  • Combatting food deserts, urban agriculture    

The Equitable 10-Minute Neighborhood

  • Health equity planning    
  • Inclusive and equitable communities, healing social segregation   
  • Community participation/ Children and youth involvement
  • Prioritizing improvements in poor neighborhoods, barrios and favelas
  • Housing the homeless/preventing homelessness /Integrating immigrants

For more details and to submit a proposal, please see: http://www.livablecities.org/call-papers


  • Deadline for submissions 31st Oct 2017

Submitted projects do not have to be complete plans for a new urban neighborhood.

Projects might focus, for example, on the transformation of a mall into a mixed-use neighborhood center; or a plan to restructure an existing neighborhood into a “complete” neighborhood through infill. Projects might focus on one element that is needed to bring about a healthy neighborhood, such as walkable, bikeable streets, or a neighborhood park; or they may focus on a project that creates a community gathering place, etc.

In all projects, the jury will be looking for evidence that the project enhances its context, and contributes to Community, Health, Sustainability, and Equity at the neighborhood level.

For more details and to submit a project, please see: http://www.livablecities.org/conferences/55th-conference-ottawa/design-awards-competition