Happier by design

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Like many American cities, West Palm Beach is facing challenges of rapid growth, inequality, and environmental discomfort. But urban design can be part of the solution. Our research has found that certain places have the power to improve human feelings and behavior. So we were thrilled to win the research competition for Shore to Core, a research competition led by Van Alen Institute and the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency. The… Continue reading

Groundbreaking happy streets experiment coming to Vancouver!

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Around the world, city streets are being transformed into better places to walk, socialize and celebrate. People are trading dead street edges and dangerous asphalt for vibrant sidewalks, parklets and plazas that are expressions of new ideas about human happiness. But how do these changes influence the way we feel and treat other people? If we want to keep these wonderful spaces, we need evidence about how these interventions influence… Continue reading

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

The Urbanist Pope

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If we want to save the planet, we have got to change the way we live in cities.

This urgent cause requires more than peer-reviewed studies. It demands a call to action that appeals to people’s deepest values. The planet’s estimated 1.2 billion Catholics got just that call to action from their Pope this spring.

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Building Happiness

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Whatever creates or increases happiness, or some part of happiness, we ought to do; whatever destroys or hampers happiness, or gives rise to its opposite, we ought not to do.” — Aristotle There should be no question that happiness should be a worthy goal for city-builders. That’s the argument I make in Connected Worlds, a new book published for the International Festival for Business in Liverpool. Here’s the full essay in a… Continue reading

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