15-minute City mapping

General Discription: 

Since the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, campaigned three years ago with the promise to make Paris a 15-minute city, interest in this concept has hardly died down. Since then, numerous cities have joined the 15-minute city goal of sustainable mobility and transport in inclusive and climate-neutral cities.  

However, implementing the 15-minute City concept coined by Carlos Moreno requires careful consideration of various factors such as demographics, socio-economic structures, urban morphology, and institutional frameworks. Moreover, the rapid growth of 15-minute City practices renders existing overview studies quickly outdated, creating a pressing need for up-to-date knowledge on international definitions, strategies, and implementation experiences.

To bridge this knowledge gap, the DRIVING URBAN TRANSITIONS PARTNERSHIP has introduced the 15-minute City Transition Pathway. This pathway aims to create a comprehensive 15-minute City Innovation Portfolio, pooling together valuable insights into strategies, policies, and other aspects of implementing this transformative concept. Starting from 2025, the portfolio will expand annually with over 10 new examples.

The cornerstone of this ambitious project lies in the 15-minute City mapping activity, which provides an initial overview for the Innovation Portfolio. By employing robust analytical methods, we will gather international experiences, tools, and best practices, paving the way for subsequent phases of the 15-minute City Transition Pathway roadmap.

Aligned with the DUT's approach, we view the 15-minute City concept as a mosaic of measures and activities across four key areas: personal mobility, urbanplanning and publicspace, urban logistics, and innovative governance. These areas will serve as the primary categories for mapping international experiences and identifying key criteria and elements for in-depth case studies. By exploring and sharing global expertise, we can accelerate the transition toward sustainable, inclusive, and vibrant cities. 




University of Westminster
Universidade do Porto




Technical University of Munich:
Benjamin Büttner  (project coordination)
Sebastian Seisenberger