Arun Jain Chief Urban Designer & Principal Planner for the City of Bellevue, Washington to speak at the Fifteen Minute City Symposium

We're delighted to announce that Arun Jain, Chief Urban Designer & Principal Planner for the City of Bellevue, Washington will be speaking at the forthcoming UDG and AoU joint Symposium on the Fifteen Minute City.

Jain will present FACILITATING URBAN DENSITY - REVISTING THE BASICS as part of the Thursday 17 September session on Global Respones to The Fifteen Minute City along with Dr Wei Yang (Wei Yang and partners; Vice President of the RTPI), and Daisy Narayanan (Director of Urabanism, Sustrans, Edinburgh).

Arun Jain: "Words like sustainability, green, and resilience are highly generalized concepts that are wide open to interpretation. In a similar vein, the idea of the 15-minute city is a fungible notion that usually alludes to easy (meaning walkable) access within a short distance from home or work. Clearly what is possible in a 15-minute walk radius in a downtown is vastly different than that in a suburb. Our ability to leverage positive change in each setting depends on community size, its governance model, the prevailing level of planning sophistication, and the ability to leverage change itself (i.e. public consensus, political will, and financing).

In a Covid world, the “new normal” is far from settled. Many of our traditional assumptions and best practices are likely to be questioned. This session asks us to consider the circumstances in which this aspect of livability can continue to be enhanced, despite the profound uncertainties."


Arun Jain is a US and Indian educated urban designer and urban strategist with over three decades of international experience in practice and academia. He is currently the Chief Urban Designer & Principal Planner for the City of Bellevue, Washington.

Arun has planned, designed, and directly influenced over 90 new private and public projects with a combined investment capital of over US $14 billion. He has spoken in over 100 major keynotes, conferences, seminars, and workshops. He has held academic positions at six universities with contributions in print and digital media.

His many notable roles include: Guest Professor, Technical University of Berlin; Strategic Planning Advisor to the Indian State of Karnataka (pop. 64 million); and Portland, Oregon’s first Chief Urban Designer. He is a frequent advisor to the United Nations.