±15-Minute Cities: Putting People’s Needs First

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15-minute cities have been gaining a lot of attention lately, some positive and some negative. Some cities implement the concept considering 10 or 20 minutes distances, but the idea is the same. But what are 15-minute cities really? And how can this human centred approach to urban planning help create more sustainable environments?

This course will help set the record straight and give you the tools to be able to implement the concept in your cities.

By the end of this course you will be able to:

– Understand the benefits and challenges of 15-minute cities

– Determine potential mobility inequalities within cities and recognise its importance in creating a more equal society by using tools from the 15-minute approach.

– Apply the implementation roadmap to create a more human-centred city.

This course is aimed at Transport professionals and transport planners.


4 modules

Recommended schedule

2 days

Total length

2 hours


Dr. Benjamin Büttner

Dr. Benjamin Büttner

Dr. Benjamin Büttner is the head of the Research Group on Accessibility Planning at TUM. He received his PhD in engineering after having completed a German Diploma in geography. He currently works in the fields of accessibility planning and decision and policy making. Urban and transport planning, as well as governance, are the foci of his professional skills. He led multiple research projects ranging from regional to European level. He is the founding co-editor-in chief of the Journal of Urban Mobility and is also on the editorial board of the Journal of Transport Geography. Since 2019 he is the head of the EIT Urban Mobility “Doctoral Training Network”.

About the Course

Free & Paid options

You can access and participate in the course for free. If you want to earn a  certificate upon completion, you can purchase it. The certificate will be accessible only once the course is successfully completed. Read more here.

What Urban Professionals Have to Say

As a USA based learner, it's often difficult to find good resources outside of a university environment to learn what UMC offers. The courses provide a great perspective on the topics and offer links to additional resources within their context. Recommended for anyone looking to gain some knowledge on areas of urban mobility.
Eric Wilkinson

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Nina Burke
Posted 2 weeks ago
Very good primer on the subject!

I enjoyed all of the real-life examples and links shared throughout.

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Hugo Ariel Moreno Santillán
Posted 1 month ago
An approximation to the 15-minute city

The course is short but well-designed for people who are looking for an understanding of the concept of the 15-minute city

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Hugo Moreno Freydig
Posted 1 month ago
The most important basis for getting into the field

Without a doubt, it has been a very interesting compendium of information, which allows us to dive into the topic of 15-minute cities, in order to improve our urban environments.

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Tiago Garção
Posted 2 months ago
the knowledge that i obtained

I like the quizs

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Danae Pantelide
Posted 2 months ago
Very informative

Great introduction to the concept of a 15 minute city

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Joe Appleton
Posted 2 months ago
Excellent groundwork for understanding the 15-minute concept

This easy-to-digest course teaches the fundamentals of the 15-minute concept. It features great speakers and excellent infographics for students to get a real overview of creating a successful roadmap for developing 15-minute neighbourhoods. I recommend this course.

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