Håvard Haarstad and Tarje I. Wanvik published an in-depth article on the 10-minute-city in Bergens Tidende, in the paper issue March 2nd 2015, and online. They write about the need to envision a fututre where cities, including Bergen, are more compact, where we live and work within a ten-minute distance from most of our daily routines.
Why is compact urbanisation so relevant in discussions on sustainable development? More than half of the world’s population are now living in cities; Cities are responsible for more than 70 % of the world’s energy consumption; And they use most of the resources available on the planet.
In a global perspective it is difficult to imagine how to tackle the challenges posed by climate changes and access to energy without a more sustainable and compact form of city development. How we build are cities are crucial to the possibilities of a more efficient and sustainable use of energy and other resources.