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)


Map Your Neighborhood

Are you able to easily access all of your day-to-day needs (goods, services, experiences) in your neighborhood? Tell us what you can easily access from home – whether that’s by walking, biking or some other form of mobility. You decide what “accessible” means to you!

Take our brief survey here.

We’ll map everyone’s responses to see which neighborhoods are approaching 15-minute status and where we have work to do.

View the group map here.




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