Morning walk, Enskede 8 May 2020

36. Slowdown landscapes: One-Minute City—Fifteen-Minute City

Or, the 15-metre city outside your front door is as important as the 15-minute city around you; Allowing the street to decide what it wants to be; How to get to the 15-minute City.

Dan Hill
Dan Hill
Sep 24, 2020 · 20 min read

One-minute City

Ed. If you read Swedish, or use Google Chrome’s translate feature, Dagens Nyheter featured Framtidsgator last week and Dagens Industri featured Street Moves this week, or Vinnova’s Facebook page here. We’ve been working with Spacescape, White Arkitekter, Lundberg Design, and KTH on this aspect, as well as Stockholms stad, of course, and with municipalities in Umeå, Helsingborg, and Malmö to follow. (We might call this the 1-minute City En meter stad in Swedish!) The overall programme is coordinated by us at Vinnova (especially the indefatigable duo Filip Kjellgren and Gustav Malm) but leaning heavily on ArkDes Think Tank’s capabilities — especially Daniel Byström, Linda Kummel, and of course the inspirational Kieran Long — who are coordinating a wider reference group including Transportstyrelsen, Voi, and M amongst others. The orchestration of these partners across various layers is part of the systemic change ‘platform strategy’ I’m helping develop at Vinnova. More later.
First prototypes of Street Moves (AKA the boardwalk) out on the street, September 2020
Playgrounds, beaches, swing sets and loungers, in the place of parked cars
Various Dutch shared space approaches, from woonerf (top-left) to Monderman-style shared space
Ed. Our work above, with streets in Sweden, was nothing to do with COVID-19, essentially. The projects started in mid-2019. Yet they of course fall into a different context now. For details of similar projects in many other cities, see the casebook for this series, 'Clear skies, full parks, can't lose'.
Ed. A good review of this work appeared some months later in Bloomberg CityLab: 'Make Way for the ‘One-Minute City’ and Fast Company: 'How to transform your street into a one-minute city'

Ville du 1/4h (15-minute city)

None more French.

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Dan Hill

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Dan Hill

Designer, urbanist, etc. Director of Strategic Design at Vinnova, Swedish govt’s innovation agency. Visiting prof UCL Bartlett IIPP + Design Academy Eindhoven

Slowdown Papers

The Slowdown Papers are a series of observations, reflections and loose extrapolations, based on the early impact of the Coronavirus COVID–19 pandemic, particularly on the way we make decisions about cities, systems, infrastructures, cultures, and technologies.

Dan Hill

Written by

Dan Hill

Designer, urbanist, etc. Director of Strategic Design at Vinnova, Swedish govt’s innovation agency. Visiting prof UCL Bartlett IIPP + Design Academy Eindhoven

Slowdown Papers

The Slowdown Papers are a series of observations, reflections and loose extrapolations, based on the early impact of the Coronavirus COVID–19 pandemic, particularly on the way we make decisions about cities, systems, infrastructures, cultures, and technologies.

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