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

Community happiness mapping and audit

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Happy City led its Colorado partners in a Happy Mapping Audit for the Clear Creek School District site in Idaho Springs, a mining town that is assessing opportunities to diversify its economy and tax base. This work, coupled with an independent economic modeling analysis, presented solutions to make potential development sites more appealing as well as strengthen tax and job density in the county. Guided by Happy City, workshop participants… Continue reading

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