The Fifteen Minute City

Wednesday 16 September 2020 - 18:00 to Friday 18 September 2020 - 20:00

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Is the Fifteen Minute City a welcome or effective way to organise urban life? An urban quarter in a quarter of an hour? Could it draw investment, services and power back into local communities? Or does it misjudge the nature of cities, including the economic, cultural and political role of city centres?

The first joint AoU-UDG Online Symposium will explore how the concept it is being articulated globally alongside other responses to the pandemic. With an exciting and packed programme of events and guest speakers this synmposium promises to be inspiring and re-energising.

Full Symposium and Day Tickets are available, with AoU and UDG member discounts.

Programme Overview

Wednesday 16 September

  • A welcome from the AoU & UDG Chairs followed by an introductory networking evening*

Thursday 17 September

  • 5 Minutes of Fame: sharp presentations from AoU & UDG members pitching their ideas for the Fifteen Minute City with case studies old and new, and an examination of how in future we best accommodate the needs of all of society, ensure a thriving economy whilst providing more community control, rethinking the quality and comfort of public transport and how we travel, what are the travel differences in urban and suburban settings.
  • Global Responses to The Fifteen Minute City: City leaders and leading authorities, from around the world, talk about the measures they are taking to transform their streets, neighbourhoods, businesses and lives. With Arun Jain, Chief Urban Designer & Principal Planner for the City of Bellevue, Washington; Daisy Narayanan, Sustrans Edinburgh; chaired by Dr Wei Yang, Chairman of  Wei Yang and Partners, Chairman + Vice President of the RTPI
  • Lessons from the Middle East with presentations on Al Zaatari Refugee Camp - an enforced Fifteen Minute City*

Friday 18 September

  • Breakfast Roundtable Discussion on Walking, Cycling, Public Realm: representatives from Transport for London, London Living Streets and elsewhere review the recent U-turn in transport policy that now sees walking and cycling as a key political objective
  • Keynote Speaker: Professor Rob Adams, General Manager, City Design, Melbourne shares his experience on creating socially inclusive, economically viable & environmentally sustainable neighbourhoods.
  • Question Time: a panel of experts and the audience share issues, concerns, hopes and ideas surrounding Fifteen Minute Cities and responses to the pandemic
  • Keynote Speaker: Anuela Ristani, Deputy Mayor of Tirana, Albania talks about successful city transformation whilst overcoming natural disasterd and a pandemic
  • Future Urbanists 2040: young people share their thoughts on future neighbourhoods
  • Friday night social with Plandemonium, our Urban Quiz*

*fringe event (open to all)


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Please note the sessions will be recorded and the chat downloaded, for sharing with ticket holders only.