28/11/2023 Leuven, Belgium

The 15-minute City: From concept to practice

Join POLIS' Active Travel and Health Working Group and the ACUTE Project, for a joint side event as part of the 2023 POLIS Conference.

Minimising negative externalities and maximising benefits from trends and concepts always presents challenges for cities and mobility, and it is no different for the concept of the 15-minute City. Proximity, reduced need for long commuting, strengthening the local economy, rebalancing the urban space and improved quality of life are some things the 15-minute City concept aims to achieve.

For that, a strong link between mobility and urban planning and design is essential, but what else is needed? How can research help to translate the concept into practice and different realities?

The POLIS Active Travel & Health Working Group invite you to this joint workshop with the ACUTE project on 28 November from 10:00 to 11:45 in Leuven, Belgium, as a side event from the 2023 POLIS Conference.

Through activities and presentations, this will be an interactive workshop to take a closer look at the 15-minute City. In the workshop, we will explore the 15-minute City concept by looking into cities' and practitioners' needs and challenges. From small measures to ambitious plans, we invite you to share your experiences with us in Leuven.

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10h00 to 10h10 – Welcome & Intro

10h10 to 10h20 – Icebreaker

10h20 to 10h40 – Sharing session: Expectations from the 15-minute city research

10h40 to 10h50 – Feedback round

10h50 to 11h10 – Assumptions about the 15-minute cities – City's experience

11h10 to 11h40 – Fish Bowl discussion

11h40 to 11h45 - Conclusions and next steps



ACUTE – Accessibility and Connectivity knowledge hub for Urban Transformation in Europe, addresses the challenges of sustainable urban passenger mobility, freight transport and connectivity as an integral and essential part of sustainable urban development. The project seeks to enable cross-project cooperation, extract and consolidate knowledge of all existing ENU-UAC projects, initiate efforts to support practitioners and bring together experts from different sectors.