Module 4 – Introduction: The 15 Minute City

Investigating the practicalities of the 15 minute city concept in your local area

city systems-diagram

Activity: Review the Learning Outcomes of Unit 1

All learners live places of different sizes. Some will live in towns and cities. These are complicated spaces, and as a result of their size cities especially create issues for those who live in them. 

Carlos Moreno has considered how these larger spaces can be organised into smaller ‘neighbourhoods’ where everyone can access what they need within 15 minutes of their home, which negates the need to travel across the city, and also fosters a more community minded approach to these services, which provides employment and reduces the need for excessive journeys.

The 15 minute city is designed to resolve a number of problems.

Consider how open data can be part of the 15 minute city solution.
How practical is it for the place where YOU and YOUR STUDENTS live?

Activity: Watch the video where Carlos Moreno introduced the 15 minute city (Note:- subtitles are available in a number of languages)


Activity: Complete the activity related to the place where you live

The tool used in the activity works for anywhere within the EU. It was developed by David Bolger following Covid restrictions introduced in some countries like France.

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This word cloud provides some examples of the functional services if teachers are unsure. It can be displayed, or a list can be developed from student discussion. Remember that some of these services can be described as lower order and some are higher order. There will also be additional services in some countries which are not listed here.



Lower order: Those offering low cost items which are required regularly and tend to be found locally e.g. local convenience store or grocery store, post-box, church.

Higher order: Those which are needed less frequently, and need a greater population to sustain and/or a greater expense to access e.g. sports stadium, airport, car repairs.

Activity: Use a suitable mapping tool to identify which of the key needs for people are met within your 15 minute area.

This module connects with the Sustainable Development Goal 11: which aims to create Sustainable Cities and Communities

Activity: Consider how the changes that will be needed to create the 15 minute city result in more sustainable communities

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