Walking Towards a Happy City

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In an interview leading up to Walk21 in Vienna this October, Charles says, “We all agree that walkability is the goal. The question is: How can we create places that make walking feel wonderful, rather than a chore? It’s about more than just making space for pedestrians. We have got to understand the ways that streets, sidewalks, architecture and other systems affect how we feel and move.” The Walk21 conference is the premier… 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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Happy Hours with Happy Cities: July 9 at the MOV

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Join Happy City’s Charles Montgomery and community activist/developer Mark Shieh on July 9 for Happy Hours, part of a series of “fun and brainy talks” at the Museum of Vancouver. The event features drink specials and a visit to the museum’s Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show exhibit. Guests will learn how they can become “design activists” who can make cities happier, more social places. We were happy to see this event profiled in the Power and Influence Magazine Summer 2015 Edition.

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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