What's a 15-minute city? Liveable urban space or climate lockdown?
(Context, 10 Nov 2023) The concept of 15-minute cities is gaining traction around the world, but so are conspiracy theories calling it the start of "climate lockdowns".
Experts believe 15-minute cities, where most things are a short walk or bike ride away, could help tackle climate change and improve the quality of life, but conspiracy theorists see the idea as a bid to lock people up in their own neighbourhoods.
From Paris to Melbourne, Bogota to Bangkok, and Chicago to Nairobi, cities in five continents are implementing some 15-minute principles, aiming to become more accessible, interconnected, sustainable and healthy places to live.
Here's what you need to know about 15-minute cities:
What is a 15-minute city?
Carlos Moreno, scientific director at the Université Panthéon-Sorbonne in Paris, pioneered the concept of the 15-minute city, aiming to create an urban landscape designed around people, not cars.
"It is a concept that seeks to change our lifestyles, our way of working too," Moreno told Context.