Building Back Better – What Does it Mean?
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought an unprecedented opportunity for governments throughout the world to redesign their cities and plan for the future. Many different organizations have cited the ‘Building Back Better’ mantra as a way out of the pandemic and towards a more sustainable future. One of the concepts that is gaining a lot of traction with organizations such as WHO (World Health Organization), C40 Cities, and the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development), is 15-minute cities. The 15-minute city is the idea that residents should not have to walk or cycle more than fifteen minutes to reach most of their needs. A 15-minute city can also be viewed as a collection of 15-minute neighborhoods. For 15-minute neighborhoods to be successful, they are required to provide for residents from different demographics and age groups, as they can have very different needs. It is thought that in the current era of the fourth industrial revolution that the 15-minute city could help build urban resilience and sustainability goals.
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