Dubai Plan 2021

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Happy City contributed to the Dubai 2021 Plan by co-facilitating an urban design workshop, helping develop design criteria and KPIs that are focused towards happiness, sharing evidence on the happiness-design connection, and providing design input for the pilot neighbourhood project. The result of our consultation will inform the design of a pilot project in Al Barsha, one of Dubai’s residential neighborhoods. The project outlined key objectives for the following 100… 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

Happy City Workshop at the 23rd Congress for the New Urbanism

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The Congress for the New Urbanism is a natural home for urban wellbeing work. CNU emerged in part as a response to the harms associated with urban sprawl. Since their formation, CNU members have promoted the creation of sustainable, walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods that lead to better health and economic outcomes. The CNU Charter, specifically, is aimed at reclaiming cities and towns from the destructive force of suburban sprawl. But as… Continue reading