Vancouver Breweries Wellbeing Patio Study

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Facing tremendous economic pressure during the COVID-19 pandemic, Vancouver’s businesses have sought creative solutions to help people feel safe and comfortable while they reopen. In Vancouver, a number of local craft breweries proposed to transform parking spaces into patios over the summer of 2020. The City of Vancouver responded by permitting breweries, cafes and restaurants to temporarily transform parking spaces into patios and offer additional outdoor seating. The program was… Continue reading

Social wellbeing in modular housing: co-creating designs to nurture health and social support for vulnerable people

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Image credit: City of Vancouver Temporary modular housing is a promising rapid and cost-effective response to homelessness. Since 2017, over 1,300 units have been built across British Columbia. Temporary modular housing provides a safe, clean, new, and dignified space for people to live in. But what role do these buildings actually play in promoting wellbeing? Happy City and Reos Partners come together to produce this CMHC-funded social lab, which takes… Continue reading

Happy Neighbours: Promoting affordability and social wellbeing

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As cities densify, residents are living closer and closer together. While dense urban communities have the potential to support cohesive social networks, residents report key challenges. People living in multi-unit housing, like apartment buildings, feel both overcrowded and lonely. They also struggle to keep up with their city’s cost of living. Fortunately, good design and social programming can help address these problems.     Vancouver-based developers Tomo and Concert Properties have implemented… Continue reading

Rapid Placemaking to Bring Back Main Street

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Canada’s main streets are the hearts of our communities. They are the places we go to work, shop, gather, and play. Restrictions to limit the spread of COVID-19 have hit main streets in cities and towns hard. Many small businesses have shuttered. Thousands more are grappling with an uncertain future. We need to act now to save these vital civic spaces. But if we want to make local commercial areas… Continue reading

Major Urban Parks Audit and Assessment

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Mexico City is home to two of the largest urban parks in the word: Chapultepec and San Juan de Aragon. Both parks offer green space, forested areas and amenities such as playgrounds and skate parks.  Happy City assessed the Ministry of Environment’s new vision for these major urban parks. We measured how the ministry’s investments in new infrastructure, landscaping and social programming impacted social wellbeing elements such as equity, safety,… Continue reading

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