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A leadership initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the United States Conference of Mayors

Recent Sessions

Watch Presentation: Designing for Restorative Justice

May 13, 2021

In this seminar, architect Deanna Van Buren explored how cities can create spaces of restoration rather than encourage mass incarceration. This seminar explored the ways city leaders can reimagine traditional “justice cores” as community assets, through examples in Atlanta, Oakland, and more.

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Watch Panel: Mayors Imagining the Just City

March 12, 2021
1:00 - 5:00pm ET

As part of the Spring 2021 Public Programs series at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), the seven inaugural MICD Just City Mayoral Fellows discussed how to tackle racial injustices in each of their cities through planning and design interventions.

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MICD Just City Mayoral Fellowship

Fall 2020

The inaugural MICD Just City Mayoral Fellowship, a collaboration between the Mayors’ Institute on City Design (MICD) and the Just City Lab at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, took place virtually in Fall 2020.

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Watch Presentation: 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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Watch Presentation: Parks Are Your New Asset

August 4, 2020

Virtual Seminar

In the third MICD Virtual Seminar, recorded August 4, 2020, renowned landscape architect Ernest Wong of site design group invited mayors to reimagine how parks facilitate work and play while taking physical distancing into consideration.

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

July 29, 2020

Virtual Seminar

In the second MICD Virtual Seminar, recorded July 29, 2020, speaker Ifeoma Ebo shared insights regarding the root causes of crime and poverty as well as proven strategies for addressing those issues through community design. Based on her experience consulting with city governments and civic institutions around the world, along with her leadership on the board of the BlackSpace collective, she shared examples of how design can help transform our cities into safer places.

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

July 22, 2020

Virtual Seminar

In the first MICD Virtual Seminar, recorded July 22, 2020, Bryan Lee, Jr. of Colloqate Design and Paul Farber of Monument Lab examine how monuments act as symbols of power and privilege in our cities. They visit ideas of impermanence, discuss strategies for representing unheard stories, and offer ways in which mayors can mediate difficult conversations to encourage healing and unity.

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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 South

October 12-14, 2016

New Orleans, LA

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

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