Improvements at Beargrass Creek will be one of the topics up for discussion at the Congress for New Urbanism. | Photo by John Nation

Louisville will play host to the 2019 Congress for the New Urbanism, June 11-15, where urbanists will convene to exchange ideas and explore urban places.

The national conference, in its 27th year, is expected to attract 1,500 or more urbanists from around the United States and abroad to engage in a variety of programming and tours of several parts of the Metro area. Several sessions of the conference are free and open to the public and will be held at the Louisville Palace Theatre and Seelbach Hilton Hotel.

New Urbanism is defined by the organization as “a planning and development approach based on the principles of how cities and towns had been built for the last several centuries: walkable blocks and streets, housing and shopping in close proximity, and accessible public spaces.”

According to a press release issued by Metro Design and Planning Services, the Congress for the New Urbanism is expected to be a “transformative experience” for the region, with a special focus on Louisville.

Convention participants will debate and discuss emerging trends in building, as well as technical solutions to new and persistent challenges to development. Topics will include the relationship between urban and suburban places, best practices for greenways and open space, and the relationship between urbanism and Louisville as “the compassionate city.”

Sessions open to the public include:

  • Designing the Healthy City of the Future,” Seelbach Hilton Hotel, Tuesday, June 11, 4:30-6:30 p.m. This session will feature discussion and strategies relating to city growth and the effect on key public health problems, from obesity and diabetes to depression and cardiovascular disease.
  • Compassion at the Core: Toward a More Human City,” Louisville Palace, Wednesday, June 12, 5:30-7:30 p.m. The session will include Mayor Greg Fischer and Muhammad Ali’s wife, Lonnie, in a discussion of the inspiration and the evolution of Louisville as a city of compassion.
  • Building Together: Urbanism as an Engine for Resilient, Fair Communities,” Thursday, Louisville Palace, June 13, 5:30-7 p.m. In relation to Wednesday’s session, this one will tackle the persistence of systematic inequalities in our cities and towns, and the coming climate change that is reinforcing and aggravating these inequalities.
  • Louisville Legacy Projects I, Seelbach Hilton Hotel, Saturday, June 15, 10-11 a.m. Discussions of improvement strategies in the Woodlawn Avenue area and the 18th Street corridor.
  • Louisville Legacy Projects II, Seelbach Hilton Hotel, Saturday, June 15, 11:15-12:15 a.m. Discussions of improvement strategies along Beargrass Creek and more.
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