The 15-minute City: A new urban model

Monday, 9 May, 2022

The 15-minute City: A new urban model

by LSE Cities | The event took place in the LSE Centre Building Auditorium on the evening of Tuesday 26 April.


This hybrid event hosted by LSE Cities and the OBEL AWARD explores the concept of the 15-minute City. In this new urban model, cities and neighbourhoods allow residents to access their daily needs (housing, work, food, health, education, culture and leisure) within a short walk or bike ride.To optimise sustainable urban living, the 15-minute city concept is being implemented in Paris and other major cities to reduce car traffic and CO2 emissions and improve the health and well-being of residents.

Originally developed by Professor Carlos Moreno during the COP21 summit, and later adopted for Mayor Anne Hidalgo’s successful re-election campaign in 2020, the 15-minute city idea has become an international litmus test for the future sustainability of cities. It received the 2021 OBEL AWARD for being an ’ambitious and complex urban strategy – but also a refreshingly pragmatic approach’.


  • Carlos Moreno is Scientific Director of the ETI Chair (Entrepreneurship Territory Innovation) and Associate Professor at University Panthéon Sorbonne – IAE Paris


  • Jean-Louis Missika was the Deputy Mayor of Paris (2014-2020), in charge of urbanism, architecture, projects of Greater Paris, economic development and attractiveness


  • Ricky Burdett is a Professor of Urban Studies and Director of LSE Cities at the London School of Economics and Political Science

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