The Mayors’ Institute on City Design (MICD) brings together presiding Mayors with experts of architecture and urban fields to discuss challenges that their cities face, in a workshop environment. MICD is a leadership initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the American Architectural Foundation and the United States Conference of Mayors.
Columbia University hosted the 2011 East conference, with invited mayors from Pleasanton, California; Kauai, Hawaii; Hoboken, New Jersey; Waukegan, Illinois; White Plains, New York; and Coral Springs, Florida.
The conference organizing team visited each of the cities, met with the Mayors and their staff, collected data and conducted preliminary studies to help the mayors develop a problem definition to be discussed at the conference. Working with the different cities’ teams, the background information and problem definitions were compiled into an informational package, shared with the Mayors and invited experts.