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Evolutive Meshed Compact City Model

A European project for a people-centred 15-minute city in metropolitan peripheries

This project addresses the challenge of transitioning to a 15-minute city in European metropolitan peripheries. Recognizing the difficulty in implementing such policies in suburbs and car-dependent areas, the project introduces the Evolutive Meshed Compact City (emc2) model. Focused on creating a walkable city, the emc2 model promotes densification along existing main roads, transforming them into pedestrian-friendly, interconnected high streets with diverse services and seamless mobility options.

To evaluate its efficacy, the project employs a triangular research methodology across six European case studies, utilizing space syntax principles, innovative geospatial modeling, and morpho-functional analyses. The primary objective is to provide a detailed specification of the emc2 model, enabling successful 15-minute city implementation in car-dependent outskirts. The project also seeks to mitigate tensions between urban cores and peripheral areas, producing transferable, multi-scale assessment methods and implementation guidelines for European suburban contexts. Results will be disseminated to academia and urban stakeholders to foster informed discussions on sustainable urban development.

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Project timeframe 2023 -2026


Horizon Europe - Driving Urban Transitions / Vinnova


  • Research
  • Urban morphology
  • Urban design
  • Social Ecological Urbanism
  • Space Syntax
  • Transport planning
  • Density Studies


  • Meta Berghauser Pont
  • Ioanna Stavroulaki
  • Flávia Lopes


  • Université Côte d’Azur
  • University of Pisa
  • Vienna University of Technology

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