Happy Homes

Happy Homes:

A toolkit for building sociability through multi-family housing design

Modern cities are facing a crisis of social disconnection. But the way we design multi-family housing can nurture local social connections and trust. We’ve gathered evidence from psychology, neuroscience, public health and other fields to identify how design influences sociability in multi-family housing.

Use this visual toolkit to identify principles, strategies and actions to boost social wellbeing in multi-family housing.

Learn more about the crisis of social disconnection here.

This toolkit was created with support from BC Housing Building Excellence Research & Education Program, The School of Community and Regional Planning at the University of British Columbia, Mitacs, RNL Design, Museum of Vancouver and dozens of idea contributors.

How to use the toolkit:

  • Click on any of the principles (right) to use the online toolkit.*
  • *Internet Explorer is not supported

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

Download the report and the PDF toolkit on the project page.