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
- 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.
- What Is a 15-Minute Neighborhood? | REEF
- Paper: Introducing the “15-Minute City”: Sustainability, Resilience and Place Identity in Future Post-Pandemic Cities | Smart Cities, Carlos Moreno et al.
- :15 City | Dan Luscher
- The 15-Minute City—No Cars Required—Is Urban Planning’s New Utopia | Bloomberg Business Week
- Defining the 15-minute city | Congress for the New Urbanism, Public Square
- How to build back better with a 15-minute city | C40
- This map tells you if you live in a ’15-minute city’ | Fast Company
- Complete Streets in the 15-Minute City | Centre for Active Transportation
- Impact to Disabled Residents: The ‘15-Minute City’ Isn’t Made for Disabled Bodies | Bloomberg CityLab
- Equity/Displacement: Where the ‘15-Minute City’ Falls Short | Bloomberg CityLab
- Seattle’s Quest to Become a 15-Minute City | The Urbanist
- The 15 Minute City | Herding Together 3 minutes
- 15 Minute Cities! Exploring Transferability and the Life-Sized City | Mikael Colville-Andersen 16 minutes
- 15-Minue Cities: A New Environmental Vision (Vancouver) | The Weather Network 2:30 minutes
- A 20-Minute City (Melbourne) | Melbourne School of Design 5 minutes
15-Minute Cities (sometimes more)
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