4.4.2 – Communicating ideas for improvements in the local area

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 and communicate your findings in a creative way


Students will be developing a presentation on the ideas which were discovered from the previous sections of the course to an ‘audience’. This may be internal to the institution but ideally could be made to decision makers.

e.g. providing student agency by drawing in local politicians, councillors or members of the planning department to share their thoughts and findings. Local press / newspapers / bloggers could also be invited if appropriate.

Identify appropriate stakeholders to which the plans need to be communicated. This will vary depending on the nature of the local area, and the way that it is administered locally, regionally and nationally. Consider what is required to have in place for this to be a success.

Choose a preferred method, using one from the existing modules.

One creative tool to use is this one that identifies the roads in a city. Use this to create a background image for presentations or to see how dense your chosen city’s street network is.