The 15-Minute City: Sustainable Urbanism in the Future City


Professional dialogues about urbanism are often held back by their own toxic jargon, but Carlos Moreno’s framing of the “15-Minute City” has delivered a publicly accessible concept that has gained global traction in recent years. Cities all over the world have begun devising strategies with the framework in mind. Urban design plays a key role in moving this idea from concept to reality, with significant implications for climate action and equitable development. Designing more compact cities can cut our carbon emissions by an estimated 25 percent. This session will feature real-world applied settings for the 15-Minute City with lessons learned for other jurisdictions seeking to mobilize action for more sustainable urbanism. Hosted by Communities by Design (CxD).

Learning objectives

  • Describe a 15-minute city and the economic, environmental, and equity benefits of the approach. 
  • Apply strategies that transform theoretical ideas of 15-minute cities into realty.  
  • Apply lessons learned from developing case studies.     
  • Understand the urban design connections to key elements that create a 15-minute city. 

This session was recorded live on April 5, 2023.

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  • Michael R. Davis


    Principal and President  |  Bergmeyer Associates, Inc.

    Michael is a practicing architect and an advocate for sustainable public policy. He was 2013...
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    Taryn Sabia

    Director and Research Associate Professor | Florida Center for Community Design and Research, School of Architecture and Community Design, University of South Florida

    Taryn Sabia’s fifteen-year career in architecture and urban design is anchored by a passion to...