Collection: 20-minute neighbourhoods

During the Covid-19 pandemic, the lockdowns imposed across the globe put a magnifying glass over local infrastructure – in many cases exposing gaps and inequality. The result has been renewed enthusiasm for 20-minute cities, which prioritise local access to services, as people were forced to stay local. The concept of 20-minute neighbourhoods (or 15-minute cities) is underpinned by local strategies centred on the principle that residents would have access to the services they need, such as workplaces, schools, shops, healthcare and leisure facilities, within a 20-minute walk from their home.

Although sometimes surprisingly controversial, people continue to explore the possibilities of 20-minute neighbourhoods for quality of life, equity and environmental concerns. In this collection, we dive into the urban planning ideal and how it is being executed around to provide local government guidance on implementing 20-minute neighbourhoods.

It’s only a matter of time: Accessibility and the 15-minute city

This briefing explores a common critique associated with the 15-minute city model. In its various iterations, from the 30-minute to the 15-minute, and even the 5-minute city, speed matters: but who does it serve? And how can its adoption engage the meaningful participation of all citizens? Read here.

Global Local: Rural 20-minute neighbourhoods

In this issue of Global Local, we’re examining whether the 20-minute neighbourhood concept can be successfully implemented in more rural settings. Read here.

20-minute neighbourhoods: how does it work for rural communities?

Drawing on case studies from across the UK this briefing will take a specific look at what the 20-minute neighbourhood approach might mean for rural communities. Read here.

Further resources

20-minute neighbourhoods, USA experiences

Urban sprawl and the ongoing lack of adequate transport and service infrastructure is a huge challenge for urban communities across the US. This article highlights key examples of how several US cities are adopting the 20-minute neighbourhood concept to overcome the challenges. Read here.

Towards the 20-minute neighbourhood: engaging children and young people in place-making

This briefing draws on a diverse range of international case studies to explore how local governments can work with children and young people to achieve healthier, sustainable and more inclusive neighbourhoods. Read the briefing.

International lessons from Melbourne’s 20-Minute Neighbourhoods

As the pandemic reduces travel and commuting and people look to their local areas to fulfil needs, the traditional structures of urban areas are called into question. Using case studies, this briefing examines the idea of the 20-minute neighbourhood. Read this briefing.

Towards creating a strategy for 20-minute neighbourhoods

So you want to implement a 20-minute neighbourhood strategy in your town or city – what next? This blog outlines the key requirements of a 20-minute neighbourhood before covering practical actions councils can take to formulate a strategy and start making changes. Read this blog.

Are we just around the corner with 20-minute neighbourhoods?

For many, the long commute to and from the office has been abandoned as Covid-19 has forced us to live, work and shop local. It is predicted this will result in profound and permanent lifestyles changes, accelerating shifts to a 20-minute neighbourhood model. In this blog, the changes and challenges to achieving 20-minute neighbourhoods are examined from a Scottish perspective. Read this blog.

Post-Covid cities: how might the pandemic change urban areas?

Cities have a long relationship with pandemics and a history of evolving in response to adverse events. Will Covid-19 change cities and towns? Will city dwellers flee cities for the suburbs, towns and countryside? Will cities become stronger, greener and more inclusive? Or will the recovery mean ‘business as usual’? Read this briefing.

Perspectives on the 20-minute neighbourhood – progress around the world

While the concept of the 20-minute neighbourhood has gained traction in recent years, where in the world has taken steps to achieve a practical application? This blog looks at global progress on achieving the model, looking at Melbourne, Paris, Seoul and more. Read this blog.

Making space for children and young people on the road to recovery: are 20-minute neighbourhoods the answer?

This briefing examines the mental and physical impacts of the pandemic on children and young people, explores the benefits the 20-minute neighbourhood could have on their health and wellbeing and highlights ways local authorities can include children and young people in planning practices. Read this briefing.