The 15-minute city: the 15-minute town

The four principles of the 15-minute neighbourhood was proposed by Carlos Moreno at the COP21 conference in 2015…

… Initial reaction was less than positive; it didn’t seem possible for people to live, shop and work within a 15-minute radius. Covid and the Climate Crisis has changed this perception. 

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From the BBC World Service earlier today:

The 15-minute city

Everything you need on your doorstep: a radical plan to improve our cities. Imagine if everything you needed – your work, leisure and essential services – was just a 15-minute walk or cycle from where you live. With no need to drive, there’d be less time sitting in traffic jams, the air would be less polluted and maybe we would all be a bit less stressed.

That’s the vision that many cities around the world are now trying to achieve – a new concept called the “15-minute city”. As more and more of us join the urban sprawl, the aim is to make city life healthier, happier and better for the environment. We visit Paris to see the plan in action.

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With more insights – and videos – from the BBC:

Will Paris ever be the same? | bbc.com

With a little more on Carlos Moreno here:

The pandemic has finally made the concept of living, shopping and working within walking distance not just realistic, but a good idea

It’s finally time for the 15-minute neighbourhood | wired.co.uk

And more from the Re-Thinking the Future website:

A “15 min city” is a new urban planningmodel that will change the designs of cities for years to come. Every need and want is located only 15 minutes away from you that can be accessed by walking or cycling around the corner. It is a simple concept that is trying to improve the quality of life by creating cities that can be entirely covered in a 15-minute walk, car ride or by the use of public transport. 

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What is a 15-minute city?

This is a is an idea that’s catching on – and in these parts:

And other towns are looking at this idea from the city – including Guildford:

The 15 Minute Neighbourhood

A principle that is being adopted worldwide

The four principles of the 15-minute neighbourhood was proposed by Carlos Moreno at the COP21 conference in 2015

  1. Proximity: Things must be close.
  2. Diversity: Land uses must be mixed to provide a wide variety of urban amenities nearby.
  3. Density: There must be enough people to support a diversity of businesses in a compact land area.
  4. Ubiquity: These neighbourhoods must be so common that they are available and affordable to anyone who wants to live in one.

Initial reaction was less than positive; it didn’t seem possible for people to live, shop and work within a 15-minute radius. Covid and the Climate Crisis, has changed this perception.  There are several cities and towns actively planning/implementing 15-Minute neighbourhoods

The 15-Minute Neighbourhood | guildfordsociety.co.uk

   
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