New York – Livable Cities

A Conference on Issues Affecting Life in Cities
Event Date: June 14-16, 2023
Abstract Date: April 10, 2023
June 2023
A conference covering architecture, design, city planning, health, technology, urban economics and social policy

Livable Cities

What makes a city livable? Transport, housing, health. Open space, mobility and the environment. Matters of culture, entrepreneurship, crime and safety. Affordability and access to education. Depending on whose ‘livability index’ you look at, it may include design quality, sustainability and the digital infrastructures of the smart city. Other criteria applied may encompass food access, job opportunities or walkability. Inclusivity and the politics of participation also come into play. Discrimination in all its forms impacts livability and social and political equity.

The past two decades have seen an exponential rise of livability measures. Reflecting increased urbanity globally, they risk making the notion of the city ever more contested. The two cities that host this event are cases in point. The Mercer Livability Ranking takes New York as the datum by which all other cities globally are graded – as better or worse. London, by contrast, measures itself: the London Assembly scoring everything from air quality to indices of deprivation. When we consider the livability of cities then, it is clear we are dealing with a plethora of issues – both isolated and, inevitably, interconnected.

For  example, affordable housing is a neighbourhood issue. It is often linked to other questions: walkability, transport access, food deserts, and poor-quality public space. Equally, the ‘Smart City’ can be treated as a technical issue. But it also raises questions of equality of access, surveillance, adaptive computing and human interaction – not to mention creative economies, business innovation and entrepreneurial cities.

The design of our neighborhoods and buildings is connected to health, wellbeing, happiness studies and the ‘economics’ of healthy cities. In its turn, crime and public safety affect design through practices such as defensible space. Infrastructural and eco-system resilience involves considering clean air, water supply, urban cooling and landscape infrastructure. Post-COVID-19 disruptions to work, leisure and commuting methods require the rethinking of business, architectural and infrastructural modes of operation.

LIVABLE CITIES – New York, is the first of two related events. Held in New York, June 2023 it will be followed by LIVABLE CITIES – London in June 2024. In both New York and London we will examine the issues above from various angles. We will examine how we live in cities, and how every issue we encounter morphs with considerations of others, whether housing, architecture, urban planning, health, IT, crime and safety, city management, economics or the environment.

Image: Colton Duke


  • Architecture
  • Urban Design
  • Sustainability
  • Sociology
  • Human Geography
  • Regional Planning
  • Interior Design
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Architectural History
  • Technology
  • Environmental Psychology
  • Criminology
  • Business
  • Urban Economics
  • Social Sciences
  • Resilience
  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Education

Key Dates

Abstracts (Round 2)
10 April 2023
25 April 2023
14-16 June 2023
Full Paper Submissions
10 August 2023
Full Paper Resubmissions
20 December 2023
10 March 2024


Architecture, Interiors and Spatial Design
Design, regeneration, commercial districts, community architecture
Urban Planning, Mobility and Infrastructure
Transport, urban design, public space, walkability, 15 minute cities
Communities, Neighborhoods and Housing
Participatory planning, affordable housing, gentrification, social equity
Public Health, Wellbeing and Accessibility
Post-COVID planning, healthy cities, happiness, inclusive design
Resilience and Sustainability
Strategic retreat, resilient cities, sustainable design


In-person: Delegates can visit New York and present live at the conference venue.

Zoom: We welcome live presentations via Zoom.

Pre-recorded:  Pre-recorded presentations or films will be available permanently on the AMPS Academic YouTube channel.

Lightning talks: For delegates wishing to offer shorter presentations of their work. Subject to the level of interest.

@New York: For delegates visiting New York but presenting virtually on Zoom.

Written papers: In all cases, delegates can present full written papers for inclusion in all associated conference publications.


In-person (20 mins)
Zoom (20 mins)
Pre-recorded video (20 mins)
Lightning talk (5 mins)
@New York (20 mins)
Written papers (3000 words)



The publishers that AMPS works with include UCL Press, Routledge Taylor & Francis, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Vernon Press, Libri Publishing and Intellect Books.


Conference outputs include the AMPS Proceedings Series, ISSN 2398-9467; Special Issue Publications of the academic journal Architecture_MPS ISSN 2020-9006; Books from this event will be developed by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, with short films available on the AMPS Academic YouTube Channel.


Written papers are optional.  If submitted they should be 3,000 word length. Formatting instructions to follow after the conference. All papers are double-blind peer reviewed for the AMPS Conference Proceedings Series. Subject to review, selected authors will be invited to develop longer versions as articles in the academic journal Architecture_MPS or in specially produced conference books.



Submissions & Registration:

Registration Delegate Fee: $395 USD  |  Audience Fee: $195 USD                                                                                                Queries: