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

Happy City workshop for municipal leaders: join us March 20

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If you are a new civic politician, you may not be aware of the ways that urban design and policy can contribute to health, resilience and happiness in your community. We’re thrilled to have the chance to introduce municipal leaders from British Columbia to new happiness-based urban design tools. Join us on Mar. 20 in Vancouver for a special pre-conference workshop at The Centre for Civic Governance’s High Ground Conference. It’s going… Continue reading

Fixing Our Cities: A CBC National Feature

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Chris Brown of CBC’s The National (Canada’s evening news program) put together this terrific story connecting the dots between urban health, resilience, design, and yes, happiness. I was thrilled to participate, along with happy city heroes Brent Toderian and Dr. Karen Lee. Here’s the video, with very compelling footage with Brent in Medellin:   Continue reading

Happy City workshop with the World Health Organization

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After the release of Happy City in 2013, we received dozens of requests from policymakers and city-builders to translate lessons from the book into tools to help guide urban design. In response, we developed a new framework to bring well-being into design processes. We were excited to roll out this framework at the WHO International Healthy Cities conference in Athens, Greece in October, 2014. Dozens of urban health wonks from around the world joined… Continue reading