That’s a wrap! Happy Housing Design Studio

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The Happy City team hosted an inspiring one-night studio to create sociability-boosting tools for multi-family house design. Sponsored by BC Housing and led by Happy City associate Patricia Rios, the Happy Housing Design Studio invited a roomful of multi-talented planners, designers, developers and also a few wildcards. The fun began when we added markers, tracing paper, snacks, and beverages courtesy of Faculty Brewing. This enthusiastic squad of interdisciplinary super-heroes turned evidence into actions and visual tools to change how housing is designed in the near future.

Preliminary findings will be shared on December 8 at CONNECT-Catalyzing a Social Movement forum by the City of Vancouver and Vancouver Coastal Health at the Museum of Vancouver. The Happy Housing Toolkit and report will be released in March 2017.

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The Happy City Experiment with Q Ideas

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"The Happy Cities Experiment" – Omar Dominguez from Regent College on Vimeo. Omar Dominguez, Happy City’s Director of Operations and Sustainability, shared our ideas on the Happy City experiment in an engaging talk at Regent College. This talk was part of the first-ever Q Commons event in Vancouver, and was held on September 24, 2015. Q Commons, an event organized by Q Ideas based in New York City, convenes local leaders… Continue reading

What is the relationship between science, art and urban design?

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This summer Omar Dominguez, Happy City’s director of operations and sustainability, had an opportunity to explore this question while entertaining and inspiring an enthusiastic audience in Vancouver’s happy Commercial Drive neighbourhood. The Curiosity Collider brings together researchers, visual and performing artists, passionate educators, and entrepreneurs who share a curiosity for science. Continue reading

Are some streets kinder than others? A social test in Seattle

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How does the built environment influence how feel and behave? Our collaborators at Futurewise agreed that this is an important question for cities like Seattle, which has experienced rapid redevelopment of its core neighbourhoods in the last few years. The city has a once-in-a-lifetime chance to build happiness into–or out of–these places. Historical studies have suggested that the design and programming of street edges can either draw people or repel them.… Continue reading

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