Secrets of the world’s happiest cities: excerpt – Guardian UK

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What makes a city a great place to live – your commute, property prices or good conversation? The Guardian seeks answers in this adapted excerpt from Happy City.  “By designing cities in a way that values everyone’s experience, we can make cities that help us all get stronger, more resilient, more connected, more active and more free. We just have to decide who our cities are for. And we have… Continue reading

Happy City Machine: Vancouver book launch + party + design lab

by Charles Montgomery on

  SORRY FOLKS THIS IS SOLD OUT. YOU CAN STILL CATCH AMAZING DESIGNS FOR HAPPINESS AT THE  HAPPY MACHINE LAB, SAME DAY. Hey YVR! Come join us as the Museum of Vancouver is transformed for one night into a laboratory of happiness on Nov. 23. Experiments in trust, design, and urban joy will intermingle with a celebration of the launch of my new book: Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design (Doubleday). ·      Test new… Continue reading

Happy City launching in NYC with lab/experiment/party at the Guggenheim

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After dozens of cities, dozens of interviews,  thousands of pages of research and several thrilling experiments, Happy City is finally being born. We’re launching the book at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City on Nov. 2. There will be no readings. Instead we will transform the Participatory City Exhibition space into a laboratory for exploring the psychology of public space, for one night only. And yes, of… Continue reading

Emotions in place: why do visitors to New York have a different physical reaction to streets than locals?

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My friend Colin Ellard has just issued final results for Testing, Testing, his study of the psychophysiological effects of public space in New York City, Berlin and Mumbai. The results are fascinating, and should lead to more adventurous work in the field. When we started this experiment at the BMW Guggenheim Lab back in 2011, we wanted to measure how various environments in the Lower East Side affected people’s arousal… Continue reading

Trust: experimenting with the invisible ingredient for thriving cities

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Back in the fall of 2011, when my collaborators and I began planning an evening of hot chocolate, intimate confessions, and extreme hugging at the BMW Guggenheim Lab in New York City, some people seemed baffled. What did any of this have to do with the Lab’s mandate, which was to explore the future of cities? The answer is that we were exploring one of the most important questions concerning… Continue reading