21 September 2021 | Reading 8 mins.

The 15-minute city: from forced to chosen mobility

Pedestrian area close to Lubyanka Square, Moscow.

Photo: Marco Verch

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Carlos Moreno
Scientific director of the Chair “Entrepreneurship – Territory – Innovation”, Panthéon Sorbonne University – IAE Paris

Carlos Moreno, Scientific director of the Chair “Entrepreneurship – Territory – Innovation”, Panthéon Sorbonne University – IAE Paris

Carlos Moreno developed the concept of the 15-minutes city in 2015 as a plan to reduce cities’ greenhouse gas emissions but keeping a social perspective. However, it was not until the COVID-19 pandemic that the concept became a reality. Moreno explained to REVOLVE the ideas behind this concept and how it aims to rebalance urban inequalities.

Where does your interest in cities come from?

My interest in cities starts a long time ago. I am from Latin America. I was born in Colombia, and I came to France in my twenties. I had the opportunity to travel around the world, which allowed me to understand that the world had become mostly urban. When I left Colombia at the end of the 1970s, only 30% of the population was urban. These numbers have shifted today with 80% of the population living in cities. Travelling I realized that cities play a major role and that without them there is no economic growth or social development. But at the same time our urban way of life poses an ecological and climate threat to the world, as cities are the main contributors of greenhouse gases.

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