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 cities 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.

“Cities must move from talking to doing. Now.”

– 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

    This post was originally published on the Knight Foundation website.  By Chad Rochkind Chad Rochkind is the founder of Human Scale Studio, an Emerging City Champion and a Knight Cities Challenge winner. Below he writes about his experience with the Emerging City Champions program, which......

  • Insight

    In 8 Questions, 8 80 Cities asks amazing partners we’ve worked with, or amazing people doing amazing work, 8 questions about their passions, their history, and their amazing-ness.      Our inaugural interviewee, Al Bangoura is the Recreation Superintendent of Mecklenburg County Parks & Recreation.  We’ve......

  • News

    Press release originally posted on the Knight Foundation website Knight Foundation announces $250,000 reinvestment to drive new ideas and innovation in communities MIAMI—March 5, 2018—The Emerging City Champions fellowship is accepting applications for the 2018-19 cohort. Launched in 2015 with support from the John S.......

  • Insight

    “If we are conscious as decision makers about designing for people, and including people and place in the designing process from the very beginning, we can be successful and we can make the changes that are necessary -absolutely necessary- for our cities to grow in 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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