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Streets for Pandemic Response & Recovery

August 11, 2020

Virtual Seminar

Through their recent resource, Streets for Pandemic Response and Recovery, NACTO has documented and encouraged quick build mobility projects and practices, in order to weather the acute crisis posed by COVID-19 and transition to a just, sustainable recovery. Attending mayors will learn about recent projects and the principles behind them, then participate in a discussion of practices and process that can lead to just outcomes in their own communities.

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MICD 75

TBD

St. Petersburg, FL

75th National Session of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design

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Regional Session: Iowa State

TBD

Des Moines, IA

The Iowa State University College of Design will host a session of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design geared toward small and mid-sized cities.

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Watch Presentation: Parks Are Your New Asset

August 4, 2020

Virtual Seminar

As COVID-19 has crippled our cities, parks have become the new assets of the public realm. As gathering spaces for demonstrations and protests, these public spaces can also be re-programmed to address economic recovery and benefit the public good. Renowned landscape architect Ernest Wong of site design group helped mayors explore a variety of park design solutions to encourage social distancing and healthy travel, as well as policy ideas to promote park maintenance while driving solutions for other social equity issues.

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Watch Presentation: Safe Places, Active Spaces – A Design-Based Approach to Community Safety

July 29, 2020

Virtual Seminar

In light of current movements to reimagine local government’s role in public safety, this seminar introduced mayors to a design process that promotes community safety and empowerment in historically marginalized communities. Mayors took away concrete examples of how to use a design process that promotes equity and community safety, as well as a framework for working with historically marginalized communities with respect, trust, and empowerment.

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Watch Presentation: Monuments — Reckoning with the Past, Envisioning the Future

July 22, 2020

Virtual Seminar

As protests against anti-Black racism and police brutality continue around the country, city leaders are grappling with the question of how monuments reflect, shape, and perpetuate history, as well as what to do with spaces where monuments have been recently removed. Hear from architect Bryan Lee, Jr. (Colloqate Design) and curator Paul Farber (Monument Lab), two of the nation’s leading voices on the power and process behind the design of monuments and public space.

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MICD in Oklahoma City

November 20-22, 2019

Oklahoma City, OK

The Institute for Quality Communities at the University of Oklahoma hosted a session of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design geared toward small and mid-sized cities.

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MICD 74

November 6-8, 2019

Richmond, VA

74th National Session of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design

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MICD in New York City

October 30 - November 1, 2019

New York, NY

Van Alen Institute hosted a session of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design geared toward small and mid-sized cities.

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MICD in Columbus

October 16-18, 2019

Columbus, IN

Landmark Columbus hosted a session of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design geared toward small and mid-sized cities on October 16-18, 2019.

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MICD 73

September 4-6, 2019

Albuquerque, NM

73rd National Session of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design

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MICD 72

March 20-22, 2019

Charleston, SC

72nd National Session of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design

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MICD East

December 12-14, 2018

Austin, TX

Host: University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture

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MICD 71

November 14-16, 2018

Miami, FL

71st National Session of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design

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MICD 70

September 19-21, 2018

Portland, OR

70th National Session of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design

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MICD 69

April 11-13, 2018

Charleston, SC

Host: Charleston, SC Mayor John Tecklenburg

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MICD East

December 6-8, 2017

Tampa, FL

Host: Florida Center for Community Design and Research at the University of South Florida

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MICD West

November 8-10, 2017

Indianapolis, IN

Host: Ball State University College of Architecture and Planning

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MICD 66

March 22-24, 2017

Charleston, SC

Host: Charleston, SC Mayor John Tecklenburg

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MICD South

October 12-14, 2016

New Orleans, LA

Host: Tulane Regional Urban Design Center at Tulane School of Architecture

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MICD West

September 28-30, 2016

Albuquerque, NM

Host: University of New Mexico School of Architecture and Planning

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MICD East

September 21-23, 2016

Miami Beach, FL

Host: Florida International University College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts

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MICD 65

May 18-20, 2016

Oklahoma City, OK

Host: Oklahoma City, OK Mayor Mick Cornett

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MICD West

November 18-20, 2015

Houston, TX

Hosts: Rice University School of Architecture and the Kinder Institute for Urban Research

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MICD South

October 21-23, 2015

Fayetteville, AR

Host: University of Arkansas Community Design Center

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MICD East

October 14-16, 2015

Cincinnati, OH

Host: University of Cincinnati School of Planning

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MICD 63

September 23-25, 2015

Charleston, SC

Host: Charleston, SC Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr.

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MICD West

November 12-14, 2014

Los Angeles, CA

Host: Southern California Institute of Architecture

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MICD South

November 5-7, 2014

Tampa, FL

Host: Florida Center for Community Design and Research at the University of South Florida

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MICD 60

September 17-19, 2014

Charleston, SC

Host: Charleston, SC Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr.

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MICD South

December 11-13, 2013

Baton Rouge, LA

Host: Coastal Sustainability Studio at Louisiana State University

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MICD West

November 13-15, 2013

Los Angeles, CA

Host: cityLAB at the University of California, Los Angeles

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MICD 57

October 16-18, 2013

Charleston, SC

Host: Charleston, SC Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr.

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MICD 55

March 6-8, 2013

New Orleans, LA

Host: New Orleans, LA Mayor Mitchell Landrieu

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MICD South

November 14-16, 2012

New Orleans, LA

Host: Tulane Regional Urban Design Center at Tulane University

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MICD 54

September 12-14, 2012

Charleston, SC

Host: Charleston, SC Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr.

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MICD South

February 15-17, 2012

Birmingham, AL

Host: Auburn Urban Studio at Auburn University College of Architecture, Design and Construction

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MICD West

February 1-3, 2012

Houston, TX

Host: Community Design Resource Center at the University of Houston College of Architecture

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MICD East

December 14-16, 2011

New York, NY

Host: Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

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MICD 51

September 14-16, 2011

Charleston, SC

Host: Charleston, SC Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr.

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MICD Northeast

September 22-24, 2010

Philadelphia, PA

Host: Penn Institute for Urban Research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design

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MICD South

April 21-23, 2010

New Orleans, LA

Host: Tulane Regional Urban Design Center at Tulane University School of Architecture

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MICD West

July 15-17, 2009

Portland, OR

Hosts: Portland Metro, Portland State University, and the University of Oregon

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MICD West

May 7-9, 2008

Portland, OR

Hosts: Portland Metro, Portland State University, and the University of Oregon

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