Pasay City’s 15-Minute City is a Revolutionary Urban Planning Concept

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For the modern urban dweller, 15 minutes is a lot of time.

A lot of productive things can be done – a high-intensity, interval training (HITT) workout or running a 1.5-kilometer route, clearing your emails, meditating, catching up on the news, or preparing a quick smoothie – all within 15 minutes.

But for the Metro Manila commuter, 15 minutes is barely enough to get from point A to point B. During rush hour, it is most likely that you still haven’t moved an inch within this time.

The 15-minute City

Ever heard of the 15-minute city? It’s a modern urban planning concept that puts people and the planet first. The term was coined by Paris-based urbanist and Sorbonne University professor Carlos Moreno wherein he said that the ideal neighborhood or city is built in such a way that work, food, housing, education, and cultural activities can be easily accessed within 15 minutes, whether by foot or by using a bike.

An artist’s render of a 15-minute city, where work, food, housing, education, and cultural activities are easily within reach.

In its forward-looking 360-hectare smart city development, Pasay City aims to create an innovative tropical 15-minute city for over 300,000 residents.

Situated at the edge of a densely-packed and overpopulated metropolis perpetually in traffic gridlock, this city will provide respite to its residents and visitors with sustainable, inclusive, safe, and healthy living where all their needs can be accessed within reach.

Among its intended features, the project is envisioned to have low carbon and safe mobility networks with multimodal public transport services and enhanced infrastructure prioritizing active mobility like walking and biking. There will be parking lots equipped with electric vehicle charging stations, dedicated bike lanes, easily accessible public transport hubs, and unimpeded pedestrian walkways.

An artist’s rendition of a soon-to-rise 15-minute city in Pasay

This assures lower transportation costs, less carbon emissions, and most importantly, healthier and happier people. No more long and tiring queues at the EDSA bus carousel or sitting for hours on end in the middle of EDSA traffic.

The project has been thoughtfully planned and designed for many years, and finally it has received the green light by government to proceed. In fact, no less than Albay 2nd district Rep. Joey Salceda highlighted how the Pasay-led project is expected to earn billions in real estate assets for the government.

Revenues from the project will generate a massive multiplier effect on our gross domestic product (GDP) and an estimated 300,000 new jobs from 2027 to 2040. By 2035, it is projected to employ 4% of the National Capital Region’s (NCR) total work force.

The Pasay 360 Project will be a city that nurtures lives and livelihood, is expected to revitalize the economy, and hone the next generation of Filipino leaders. It can be a source of pride for Filipinos as we push towards the 22nd century.


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  1. This sounds like an amazing concept and one that I would like to see in reality! Being able to help Mother Earth become more sustainable with less waste is a great goal and should be for many. Plus, a 15-minute walk to anything you’d need to get to. That is unheard of these days and would be amazing!

    Maureen |

  2. This is a really cool concept. I love the way they designed it with location in mind to make everything quick and easy. Very cool.

  3. I’ve never heard of a 15 minute city before. Thanks for the informative post about the topic.

  4. Luna S says:

    I have heard of it and think it is interesting, although I am not 100% sure I would want to live in a spot like this.

  5. Dana says:

    The Pasay 15-minute city looks like an amazing project for modern urban living. It was interesting to read about how eco-friendly it is.

  6. LisaLisa says:

    Wow, I’ve never heard of 15-minute city before. I like how the concept of this puts people and the planet. I bet if this was implemented around the world it would generate great revenue and many jobs. This is pretty cool!

  7. The 15-minute city concept offers a promising vision for urban living, fostering accessibility and sustainability. Exciting to see Pasay City embracing this innovative approach!

    1. aww.. yeah another milestone in the PHilippines.

  8. I had heard of the 15 minute city before, but I really had no idea what it was. Sounds very interesting! Such a fascinating concept.

    1. the concept is that you can have all what you need within 15 mins.

  9. The Pasay 360 Project certainly looks interesting, but sometimes, the reality is different. I hope soon we will have more comfy places like this 15-minute city.

  10. This is the first time I heard about a 15-minute city. It would be an exciting city to live in for someone like me who doesn’t like travelling far for essentials.

  11. Very interesting, love the look of it and nice it helps lowering the cost. First time to know about this project and would love to experience in real life once done.

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