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Carlos Moreno on the Livable City

May 8 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


A special program featuring Professor Carlos Moreno, the man who coined the term 15-Minute City to describe an urbanist movement that encourages walkable, accessible and dynamic neighborhoods.

During the Pandemic, as a result of working from home, many people rediscovered their own neighborhoods and all that they offer and don’t offer. Not coincidentally, this is when the 15-Minute City took the world by storm. The 15-Minute City is rooted in the tried-and-true Urbanism of our oldest cities. It encourages bringing offices, shops, restaurants, entertainment and essential services closer to where people live, while providing an inviting environment for walking, biking and strengthening social connections. The concept has also been touted as a way for cities to build back from the pandemic in more resilient ways.

During this program, learn about the movement’s origins and core principles, and its rapid adoption by cities like Paris, Shanghai, Buenos Aires, and Houston. Also discover how these ideas are beginning to influence urban policy and community development in Chicago’s neighborhoods and downtown.

This program is part of our Loop as Lab: Reshaping Downtowns exhibition series exploring key themes for the future of downtowns.

Program Speaker: Carlos Moreno

University Professor and Researcher, Carlos Moreno earned international recognition as a scientist with an innovative mind, pioneer works and unique approach to urban issues. He is also a scientific advisor of national and international figures of the highest level. He works at the heart of issues of international significance as a result of his research, bringing an innovative perspective on urban issues and offering solutions to the issues faced by the cities in the 21st century. Some of his concepts have traveled the world: the ‘Human Smart City’, the ’15-Minute City’ and the ’30-Minute Territory’.  In 2022, he led the launch of the Global Observatory of Sustainable Proximities at the World Urban Forum with UN-Habitat, C40 Cities, UCLG and other partners. His latest book, “The 15-Minute City: A Solution to Saving Our Time and Our Planet,” is published by Wiley (May, 2024).


May 8
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Chicago Architecture Center
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Chicago, IL 60601 United States
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