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Redesigning towns and cities to be 15 minute friendly

Designing cities around the amount of time needed to reach services and amenities is a popular planning approach. (Shutterstock)
The 15-minute city is a popular planning approach, but relies on ableist assumptions
Ronald Norman Buliung (THE CONVERSATION, 21  November, 2023)
Professor Department of Geography, Geomatics and Environment, University of Toronto.

The 15-minute city is a popular urban planning concept that promotes people living close to essential services, and encourages the use of walking and biking. Public transit is sometimes included in the transport mix, preferred to automobiles, which are largely absent.

Developed around 2016 by Paris-based urbanist Carlos Moreno, the idea of the 15-minute city has spread globally. Moreno subscribes to chrono-urbanism, or the idea of organizing cities around time including the 15-minute city.

If you’d rather listen than read –  Blueprint For Living
A conversation with Carlos Moreno, creator of the 15 minute city
(ABC RN, 4 Nov 2023)  Listen at this link.

Professor Carlos Moreno is the man behind the 15-minute city. He joins us to discuss the origins of the concept, the personal and political history that informed his approach to urbanism and why the 15 minute city has engendered such a powerful backlash by an alt right that has deemed it, variously, “neofascist”, concentration camp-like and the “worst imaginable perversion”.

Professor Carlos Moreno – Associate professor and Scientific Director of the “Entrepreneurship Territory Innovation Lab” at the IAE Paris – Sorbonne University.