Module 4 Introduction – Expert Level

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

By the end of this unit, you will be able to:

  • explain what is meant by the 15 minute city concept
  • consider the cities where the concept is starting to be applied, and the connection with digital data
  • appreciate the benefits of applying the concept
  • start to consider how it might be applied to your own local area

All learners live in a particular urban area of varying sizes. Some will live in cities. Cities are complicated spaces, and can create issues for those who live in them as a result of their size. 

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 solve a number of problems.

Watch the video below, by Carlos – subtitles are available a number of languages.

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

How do the changes that will be needed to create the 15 minute city result in more sustainable communities?