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.

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.

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


Ricky Burdett (@burdettr) is a Professor of Urban Studies and Director of LSE Cities at the London School of Economics and Political Science

Twitter hashtag for this event: #LSE15MinuteCity

LSE Cities
LSE Cities is an international centre that investigates the complexities of the contemporary city. It carries out research, graduate and executive education, outreach and advisory activities in London and abroad.

The OBEL AWARD is an international prize for architecture that honours recent and outstanding architectural contributions to human development. These contributions should offer seminal solutions to urgent problems.

The OBEL AWARD offers an incentive to architects worldwide to consider their obligations towards the common good. The award also aims to increase awareness in the general public of the transformative and social value of architecture.

The event takes place Tuesday 26 April 2022 6:30pm to 8:00pm at the London School of Economics: (LSE CENTRE BUILDING (CBG) HOUGHTON ST, LONDON WC2A 2AE).

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