The 15-Minute City: RESOURCES

The “15-minute city” is an approach to urban design and planning that aims to improve quality of life by creating cities where everything a resident needs can be reached within 15 minutes by foot, bike or public transit.

Based on an idea of designing a city of neighborhoods around the needs of people, not cars, Carlos Moreno developed the 15-minute city concept in Paris and is a driving force behind its implementation in that city and elsewhere. Watch his short TED talk here.

Want to engage in programming to learn more? Check out our new series, 15-Minute Seattle: Creating Livable Places for All, for a comprehensive look at how Seattle can become a 15-minute city where residents can work, shop, socialize, and recreate in one neighborhood – all within a short walk from their homes.

Core Principles of a 15-Minute City

source: C40

  • Residents of every neighborhood have easy access to goods and services, particularly groceries, fresh food and healthcare.
  • Every neighborhood has a variety of housing types, of different sizes and levels of affordability, to accommodate many types of households and enable more people to live closer to where they work.
  • Residents of every neighborhood are able to breathe clean air, and there are green spaces for everyone to enjoy.
  • More people can work close to home or remotely, thanks to the presence of smaller-scale offices, retail and hospitality, and co-working spaces.


Web Resources

Video Resources



15-Minute Cities (sometimes more)

For more information or to comment, please contact Kirsten Smith, AIA Seattle Manager of Policy & Advocacy, at


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