Urban Living Rooms in the 15-Minute Smart City

May 16, 2023 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time Metro Toronto Convention Center, 107 Constitution Hall Concurrent Session
Open to All Attendees
Emerging Trends Healthy Places Public and Private Partnerships
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The pandemic has accelerated the transition to a 15-minute city urban planning model. With proximity, diversity, density, and ubiquity at the center, this new framework for development offers opportunities to transform the urban fabric into a landscape of walkable/bikeable enclaves networked by sustainable transportation. This panel discussion will drill down into one key element of the 15-minute city that has emerged as especially relevant post-pandemic: urban living rooms. Emerging from a confluence of conditions unique to the pandemic—the demand for outdoor communal space, the takeover of street surfaces for alternative uses, and the need to jump-start economic growth—urban living rooms have found success in a wide variety of urban and suburban contexts. This panel will illuminate, through built examples and future concepts, the potential of urban living rooms to elevate locales as diverse as legacy cities, pastoral oases, metropolitan centers, and satellite urban cores, resulting in vibrant, outdoor centers of activity and providing a catalyst for economic growth and a high quality of life.