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International Co-Creation Workshops: Benchmarking the Challenge of 15-minute Cities in Europe.

Madrid 25th – 27th September

The 2nd Join Call for Co-Creation Seminars has successfully concluded with the third and final workshop. This three-day event took place from September 25th to 27th in Madrid, organized by Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM).

Simultaneously, in Budapest at Budapest University of Tech and Economy (BME) and in Istanbul at Istanbul Technical University (ITU), parallel workshops were executed, following the same structured format as our Madrid event.

During this workshop, the initial two days were dedicated to the students, who engaged in intensive work sessions hosted at the ETSAM. These sessions were guided by our dedicated professors who provided support throughout the process. The overarching objective was to consolidate the wealth of information gathered during prior technical visits in Madrid and Paris, ultimately leading to the formulation of Special Proximity Plans tailored to their respective neighbourhoods.

The last day was dedicated to the final presentations, where representatives from the Neighbourhood Associations and the City Hall of Madrid were invited. One last day to present a summary of the previous workshops, centred on the good Parisian practices that could be extrapolated to Madrid Rio.

An engaging debate emerged among the various stakeholders, ensured thanks to the great efforts of the students. Effort that shows in the extensive work and production of multiple actions.

As we bring the curtains down on the 2nd Join Call, titled “International Co-Creation Workshops: Benchmarking the Challenge of 15-minute Cities in Europe,” we are pleased with the highly satisfactory results achieved. We remain optimistic about the potential for the continued growth of such cross-cultural and interdisciplinary learning experiences, benefiting students from diverse international backgrounds.

Detailed program

WS3: Proposing solutions for implementing the 15-minute city in Madrid Río Results

Seminar presentations

Presentation of the 2nd Join Call

Final Proximity plans Presentation


International Co-Creation Workshops: Benchmarking the Challenge of 15-minute Cities in Europe

Paris 4th – 6th September

This was the second of three workshops planned for this seminar. It has taken place on the 4th, 5th and 6th of September in Paris and has been organized by ENPC (Ecole des Ponts ParisTech) in collaboration with UPM (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid), ITU (Istanbul Technical University) and BME (Budapest University of Tech and Economy).

In alignment with the framework established in the Madrid Workshop, we convened a three-day international seminar with the objective of cross-checking diverse diagnoses and juxtaposing the solutions implemented in Paris.

Monday 4th

The presentation session commenced with an introduction by Paxti Lamíquiz (UPM) and Cécilia Cruz (ENPC), setting the stage for an insightful exchange of ideas. Following her opening remarks, the spotlight shifted to the student delegations from UPM, ITU and BME. Each group shared their findings, showcasing the outcomes of their prior city-wide assessments.

This intricate exchange allowed the ENPC’s incoming students to gain a deeper understanding of the distinctive urban landscapes and challenges faced in the home cities of their international peers.

Thursday 5th

The highlight of the day was a captivating technical visit led by none other than Carlos Moreno, a renowned professor from Sorbonne University, celebrated worldwide for his pioneering work in shaping the visionary concept of the ’15-Minute City.’

The site chosen was Clichy – Batignolles eco-district, one of the top ongoing urban projects in the Paris area. This innovative district exemplifies sustainable urban development in action.  

In addition, other lower scale projects such as La Felicité (Morland Mixité Capitale), Martha Desrumaux Garden placed in the former Place d’Armes and La Promenade Plantée.

Wednesday 6th

The concluding day of the workshop unfolded within the Leonard Co-Working space. It was here that our students took centre stage, ready to share the knowledge and insights they had gathered during the preceding day’s exploration.

The international students presented the exemplary practices they had observed in the Parisian urban life. Following the presentations, the students engaged in discussions with their French counterparts, delving into the distinctions and commonalities that define the essence of urban life in their respective regions.

This 2nd workshop provided the perfect setting for this dynamic exchange, fostering an atmosphere of creativity, collaboration, and shared learning. Solidifying the bonds between EELISA Universities and knowledge-sharing.

Seminar presentations

WS 15 – Minute city in Paris – PL

15 Minute City Budapest

15 Minute City Istambul

15 Minute City Madrid

Analysis of good practices 15 min City


Madrid 10, 11 and 12 July 

International Co-Creation Workshops: Benchmarking the Challenge of 15-minute Cities in Europe.

This was the first of three workshops planned for this seminar. It took place on the 10th, 11th and 12th of July in Madrid and was organized by UPM (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid).

A three-day intensive multidisciplinary seminar for making a diagnosis of urban boroughs, comparing and cross-checking their findings to research 15mCity goals in the two areas of the case study. The seminar combined both student learning and real-world practice following a community-based learning approach.

Monday 10th There were lectures given by speakers coming from UPM university, such as  Andrés Monzón (ETSICCP), Patxi Lamíquiz (ETSAM) and Mari Luz Brownrigg-Gleeson (ETSICCP). In addition, a few coaches helped in the development of the activities: Andrea Alonso (ETSAM) and Inmaculada Mohino (ETSAM).

Thursday 11th

The sites chosen for the data collection and later study were two neighborhoods along the Madrid Río Park, “Imperial” and “Camino Alto de San Isidro”. On the field visit, there were representatives of both neighborhood associations “Pasillo Verde – Imperial” and “Alto de San Isidro”.

Later that afternoon the two multidisciplinary students’ groups began working on the case study.

Wednesday 12th

The seminar closed with the student’s final presentations and awards. In this presentation not only representatives of the association, but teaching staff gave their points of view on the work of both teams.

  • This seminar will be replicated in a second Workshop in Paris: Cross-check with the diagnosis and compare with solutions applied in Paris.
  • And a third one in Madrid:  Results, recap Paris WS2 and applied the solutions.

Seminar Presentations

Introduction to 15-minute city (Prof. Patxi Lamíquiz Dep. Urban and Land Space Planning ETSAM)
Planning and densification, the limits to densification (Prof. Patxi Lamíquiz Dep. Urban and Land Space

Green infrastructure and public spaces (Prof. Andrea Alonso Dep. Urban and Land Space Planning

Accessibility. Active transport in mobility (Phd Mariluz Brownrigg Gleeson)
Indicators. The 15-minute city numbers (Prof. Inmaculada Mohino Dep. Urban and Land Space Planning

Last Activity May 2023: International Seminar in Budapest


2-4 May

This is the third and last International Seminar of the call for Co-Creation Seminars of Low Emission Zones. It took place 2nd, 3rd and 4th of May in Budapest and was organised by BME (Budapest University of Tech and Economy).

International Seminar Urban Mobilit( Budapest University of Technology and Economics Building)

A three-day intensive multidisciplinary seminar for identifying and designing urban mobility solutions in the context of Traffic Calming Measures in Budapest. The seminar combined both student learning and real-world practice following a community-based learning approach.

Teams analyzing the data

There were lectures given by speakers coming from different universities and other stakeholders like Tamás Halmos (BKK) or András Ekés (Mobilissimus). In addition, a few coaches helped in the development of the activities: Attila Aba (BME), Miklós Kózel (BME) and Amor Ariza (UPM).

The site chosen for the data collection and later study was the riverside between the Szabadság Hid and the Ersëbet Hid in the Pest side of the city. The activities were focused on developing a new business game in other to improve this area.

These activities, included understanding the users, creating a customer journey map and finally pitching a methodology for such business plan. The students pitched their results to the jury form by János Tóth (BME), Andor Háznagy (BKK), Julio Soria-Lara (UPM) and Mehmet Ali Silgu (ITU).

Students pitching their ideas

The seminar closed with a ceremony lead by Andrés Monzón (UPM) in which the award was given to the “Movers” team. Thanks to their original idea of creating an app that gathers data from different mobility apps that the city already has. All this information could be used by the local government in other to implement new measures based in the reality of the city users.

The Movers Team

This concludes the cycle of 3 seminars placed in Madrid, Istanbul and Budapest. With the hopes that this model helped strengthen the relations between the European EELISA Community. As well as served as a detonator of new international activities.

International Seminar: Urban Mobility Solutions For Liveable Cities: The Challenge Of Low Emission Zones

International Seminar Urban Mobility ( Escuela Ingenieros Caminos, Canales y Puertos, Retiro Building )

The International Seminar on Urban Mobility was celebrated in Madrid 6, 7 and 8 of October in the Escuela de Ingenieros de Caminos, Canales y Puertos (Bulding Retiro).  The seminar consisted of a theorical and a practical part.

There were lectures given by speakers coming from different universities that collaborate in the protocommunity EElisa on-the-MOVE, such as Lya Lugon from ENPC (Paris), Hande Demirel from ITU (Istambul), and Ali Jamal from BME (Budapest). Speakers coming from the UPM and stakeholders like Transyt, TEMA Ingeniería and Instituto Carlos III also took part.

In addition to this, there was a Technical visit to Madrid LEZ (Central District), a walking tour through the Madrid air quality monitoring network and pedestrian areas, such as Sol square.

As well as this, the participants from BME, ITU, FAU and UPM worked in 3 groups focusing  on different areas in Madrid LEZ (Central District): Ronda de Atocha, Calle Atocha and Paseo del Prado. First, they analyzed the different strategic points, combining field work, official data and cartography, resulting in a SWOT analysis that they later used to propose multidisciplinary solutions to improve the case study areas.

The 3 teams made a final presentation of their proposed solution. The winner group was the Paseo del Prado (Group 2), due to the real proposal of giving more space pedestrians and making more information available to citizens by means of an integrated information hub.

Students Participants

UPM Students

Nuria Blanco

María Astigarraga

Lucía Alejandre

Elena Varadé

Guillermo Fernandes

Rosa Levy

Elena Varadé

Guillermo Pásaro

Ana Belén Torrejón

Elena Gómez

UPM Professors

Andrés Monzón (Coordinator EELISA on the move)

Rafael Borge

Maía Eugenia López

Francisco Lamíquiz

Gabriel Huecas

Joaquín Salvachúa

Belén Martín

Andrea  Alonso

Julio Soria

Miguel L. Navarro

International students

Pèter Tóth

Melih Safa

Ali Jamal

Ignacio Bullrich

International professors

Lya Lugon

Hande Demirel


Teresa López

Beatriz Núñez

Secretariat and Coordination

Mari Luz Gleeson

Amor Ariza

Elena Gómez

This seminar will be replicated on Febrary in Istambul and on April in Budapest, looking forward to working together anew for resolve the challenges of our cities.

SWOT analysis by groups
Technical visit Air Quality monitoring Station (Escuelas Aguirre)

International Seminar Presentations

International Seminar Madrid LEZ Teamwork