Creating Cities for All.

We are a non-profit organization. We bring citizens together to enhance mobility and public space so that together we can create more vibrant, healthy, and equitable communities.


We believe that if everything we do in our public spaces is great for an 8 year old and an 80 year old, then it will be great for all people.


We don’t do boring. Work with us. Have fun again!

Our team can help your community’s streets and public spaces thrive.

Unconventional Engagement

Everyone has a voice, we provide the megaphone. Our expertise is in creating unconventional engagement strategies that get people informed, involved, and excited about new initiatives in their cities.

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Idea Labs

Changing cities starts by harnessing exceptional new ideas and taking action. That’s what 8 80 Idea Labs are all about. We will share our knowledge of best practices from cities around the world to generate new and exciting ideas and action plans for your community.

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Open Streets Planning

We are international experts in Open Streets design and implementation. ‘Open Streets’ are community-based programs that temporarily open selected streets to people, by closing them to cars. Streets become places where people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds can come out and improve their health.

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Special Projects

We love to break the mold. That’s why we take on Special Projects- these are projects that go beyond our other services. Our Special Projects incubate new strategies and ideas to elevate people-centred urbanism. We develop these projects in collaboration with our partners and clients.

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This is 8 80 Cities in action.

The 8 80 concept is universal. From communities of 5,000 to 5 million, our projects always start at the same place; how do we meaningfully engage people in urban transformation.

“Every city should have a law of two words: pedestrians first”

– Gil Penalosa, Founder & Chair of the Board

Stories & Insights

From the world of 8 80 Cities.

Like cities we’re always evolving! Keep up to date with the latest stories and thoughts from 8 80.

  • Insight

    From May 5-7, 8 80 Cities and the Knight Foundation led a group of City Councillors, City Staff, business owners, and other community leaders from San Jose on a study tour to Guadalajara. Guadalajara is home to 2 million residents in the state of Jalisco,......

  • Insight

    The famed Sunset Lounge 8 80 Cities has been working with the City of West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) and Better Block on an exciting project called Historic Northwest Rising. Thanks to a generous grant from Knight Foundation, we rolled out a community......

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    Phew! It’s been a productive couple of months and now you can see the results!!! We are very happy to announce the launch of 8 80 Cities’ new website! We redesigned our site to make it more intuitive and informative, but also to tell our......

  • Insight

    This post originally appeared on the Knight Foundation website. By Ryan O’Connor, Interim Executive Director, 8 80 Cities A 2016 project from fellow Cristina Mas created a vibrant pop-up space in Miami’s Brickell neighborhood to help residents envision the transformation possible by The Underline, a......


How can you make change in your community?

We’re working on an exciting new resource hub to help you bring the 8 80 concept to life in your community! In the meantime, explore the Doable City Reader to help you develop practical and affordable neighbourhood interventions in your community.


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