Shore to Core

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Can more fascinating public space designs actually boost human wellbeing? This question drove an experiment by Happy City and collaborators in our winning submission to Shore to Core, a research competition staged by the Van Alen Institute and West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency. The competition challenged us to investigate the influence of urban spaces on human wellbeing and to reimagine social wellbeing in waterfront cities. Happy City worked alongside… Continue reading

Happiness, health and shareholder value

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In May 2016, the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) hosted its 2016 Leadership in Environmental Advancement Program (LEAP) conference to address health, sustainability, and environmental issues. Happy City participated by conducting a compelling keynote and an engaging workshop. The guiding theme of the conference and workshop was: How can improving wellbeing build shareholder value. With help from the Happy City team, HOOPP property developers, managers and other staff and allies explored… Continue reading

Happy village principles for Cypress Village

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Our client, British Pacific Properties, was developing a vision for a mixed-use village on a forested site in the City of West Vancouver. Public engagement was a crucial part of the vision process. In June, 2016, Happy City presented a visual keynote followed by an intensive workshop during which participants explored the potential for a mountainside Cypress Village to foster greater health and happiness. Participants were presented with evidence on… Continue reading

Wellbeing principles for British Land

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British Land, the UK’s largest real estate investment trust, is committed to improving wellbeing through its development and placemaking practices. Happy City has helped the company to pursue this aspiration through a collaborative program of research, recommendations, site audits and workshops. In the first phase of work, Happy City proposed a set of wellbeing principles based on extensive research in public health, neuroscience, behavioural economics and environmental psychology, as well… Continue reading

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