The instant city: how the desire for speedy gratification is reshaping our urban lives

Amid all the hype around the 15-minute-city of sustainable, walkable neighbourhoods, the pandemic has accelerated another kind of 15-minute-city, where everything can be delivered almost instantly to your door.

“Speedy delivery caters to a fundamental human desire for instant gratification”.

The Impact on Cities

“Q-commerce will not be good for our already-struggling high streets”.

“Not everyone will be able to swap waiting-tables for pedalling furiously on a bike”.

The Acceleration of Urban Life

“They come alive with what Jane Jacobs called. ‘The ballet of the good city sidewalk’”

Living Fast and Slow

“How can we ensure that bricks and mortar and the virtual world co-exist in mutually beneficial ways?”

Futures for cities, places, & real estate. Professor of Practice in City Futures, Cardiff University; Chair, Building with Nature @thepmadden