Carlos Moreno will be giving a presentation at the first annual lecture of the Transport Studies Unit (TSU), an interdisciplinary research institute at the University of Oxford specialising in research on urban transport and mobility.

The conference on the 15-minute city concept focuses on a groundbreaking approach in urban planning, aiming to create urban environments where all essential needs are within a short perimeter on foot, bike ride and decarbonized mobilities This concept is rooted in reducing reliance on motor vehicles, decreasing carbon emissions, and enhancing the quality of life in urban settings.

We will begin with an introduction to the 15-minute city concept, exploring its origins and evolution. The concept originates from compact urban planning ideas and has evolved to incorporate aspects of sustainability, social inclusion, and resilience to climate change. This part of the conference will highlight how the concept has adapted to meet contemporary urban challenges.

The conference will then delve into the impact of this concept on urban planning and mobility. We will examine how it influences neighborhood design, the distribution of services and infrastructure, and how it is transforming transportation systems by promoting intermodality and sustainable modes of transport.

A key segment of the presentation will be dedicated to international case studies. We will analyze examples of cities that have integrated elements of the 15-minute city, highlighting specific strategies implemented and the outcomes achieved. This section will provide insights into challenges, successes, and lessons learned, offering perspectives for adaptations in various urban contexts.

Finally, the conference will explore the potential of the 15-minute city concept. We will investigate how it can transform cities under this new paradigm, focusing on the future vision of urban environments. This includes integrating digital technologies and encouraging citizen participation, considering how the concept can continue to shape sustainable urban developments.

The conference will be held on february 29th 2024 from 4pm at the Examination Schools in Oxford.

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Post-event Article by TSU

“On 29 February 2024, the TSU was excited to hold the inaugural TSU Annual lecture. As the final event in the TSU Seminar Series, the Annual Lecture seeks to engage a broad audience in discussion and reflection on a transport-related topic that both garners broad interest and has widespread impact.

Prof. Carlos Morena joined us in the Examination Schools to speak on the 15 Minute City concept, of which he is the founder. The audience, comprising of academics, practitioners, local residents and students, were taken on a journey of how the concept was developed and explored the many manifestations of 15-minute cities across the globe today.”

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